How Freiburg does it, Part 2 We tend to like compact cities. Why? Is it because compact is the antithesis of urban sprawl, which has negative connotations. So negative in fact that fighting it was one of the original aims of the Council for the Preservation for Rural England , formed 90 years ago, subsequently … More The Compact City
How the Old Politics sowed discord where there should have been harmony In my previous post I set out an explanation for the failure of the “old politics” in Exeter’s local government. I noted: a combination of working behind closed doors, letting the political party system inhibit new thinking, and failing to show leadership on … More Off the buses
Local authorities should be the cornerstone of local democracy, but they are failing to respond to a changing society. This post, and those immediately following, aim to show at least some of the reasons for this failure and to illustrate the scale of change needed in local governance without which initiatives from others in the … More The Old Politics no longer serves us well
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?