John Dales, Director, Urban Movement @ Urban Initiatives: The state of the nation

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The state of the nation: An assessment of the latest thinking, practice & challenges in UK street design

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John Dales, Director, Urban Movement @ Urban Initiatives: The state of the nation

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  5. 5. “Through words and concepts we are now continually tempted to think of things as being simpler than they are.”@johnstreetdales part of
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  15. 15. • (Boris) London’s high streets are the lifeblood of the city and at the heart of the communities they serve• It is hoped the project will mirror the success of Exhibition Road •What ‘success’ is that?• Hundreds of safety railings have been removed as ‘unnecessary obstructions’ that leave pedestrians feeling ‘penned in’ •Cyclists have complained they have nowhere to park their bikes •That’s supposed to make it more safe?• The eastbound traffic lane in Parkway will be removed •What does that mean for cycle access?• A flower stand and newsagent will be taken away •“All very nice, but we got our wedding flowers from that stand!”@johnstreetdales part of
  16. 16. #favestreet“History in the walking” “Clubbing memories”“My ‘office’ is there” “In 70s & 80s…”“I used to live there” “20+ world food restaurants”“Successful melting pot” “Hill made pro cyclists weep”“Delightfully saucy name” “Cos it’s home”“Always something going on” “Only chain shop is Oxfam”“It’s home & has great pubs” “There’s a tunnel to Birkenhead”“Reflects local community” “Fine baker – macaroni pies!”“I have happy memories” “Traders are fab”“Georgian doorways” “Where we met 27 years ago”“It’s cool” “Human scale”“Views over the river” “Interesting mix of architecture”@johnstreetdales part of
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  24. 24. The biggest mistake is that we called it a ‘Shared Space’ It used to be an over-engineered concrete monstrosity Miles better - 100% - than it was before The area around the fountains is fantastic Footfall increased ten-fold! Such a great improvement - looks fantastic More space given back to the people for them to enjoy So much better… more pleasant… less clutter… clean Much better for children Feels a lot safer and is a lot cleaner New ‘illuminations’ are great Nobody would want it to go back to how it was@johnstreetdales part of
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  32. 32. “People either confer use on streets and spaces and make them successes – or else withhold use and doom them to failure.”@johnstreetdales part of
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