Surveys are not always reliable. Yet if you asked the usual representative sample how they liked to spend time, attending local authority committee meetings is unlikely to score highly. This is understandable. Public participation is strictly controlled. In Exeter, members of the public can submit questions (3 days in advance) to be asked at any … More Scrutiny can work
[This post is a slightly expanded and referenced version of a five-minute presentation I gave to the Exeter City Futures Spring Connect meeting on 8 March 2017.] There is resistance to high density housing. Perhaps it’s in the descriptor. More likely it’s memories of the poorly-designed high-rise blocks built in the 1960s and 1970s to … More How dense can we be?
Is transport really at the root of our urban sustainability problems? If we can come up with some innovative and deliverable approaches which challenge why and how we move around, does that unlock solutions to the other issues we face? The section of my personal vision of a future Exeter headed “Place” makes much of … More Tinkering with transport isn’t enough
Let’s move away from Exeter for a moment, into the wider world There should be no serious argument by now – but there is and will continue to be – that the world cannot go on as we are. Climate change is a real threat, though too few of us take it seriously . The … More We know what we need to do …
This blog is about Exeter – what needs to change, what needs to be conserved, and how what’s needed can happen. Much of what I will write is, I hope, applicable to other similar communities; and indeed to some that are very different. It’s written from a Green perspective, though it does not always follow … More A Green future for Exeter?