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I'm developing content here to support the Connections blog, which is mainly about developments in the City of London, where I live, and neighbouring Clerkenwell. Main topics in the left sidebar.

Latest on Destination City

The City Corporation's Destination City programme, aimed at attracting more visitors, is undergoing a review - switching from big events and promotions in 2023/23 to emphasis on the Square Mile's existing unique cultural and heritage attractions. However, the full review report isn't public, so we don't know what it really means for residents.

Review of 2023

I also reported on the further opportunities in Clerkenwell and the City - and in North Kensington .

North Kensington

One particular pleasure, and exciting opportunity, arose at the end of 2023 when I met up with friends and acquaintances from North Kensington who are revisiting the radical projects and campaigns that they developed in the 1960s and 1970s. As I’ve written here, I lived in the area in the 1970s when I was working for the Evening Standard, and covered some of the action. From 1977 to 1981 I was chair of the North Kensington Amenity Trust which later became the Westway Trust.
I’m now working with the group how we might use some of the tools and systems I’ve been developing in EC1 to tell the story of social innovation in North Kensington. It will be in part the Voices of the Troublemakers, as the group tell their stories, and partly a project to locate the action on one or more maps with QR codes to link on-the-ground and online information creating a participatory Museum of the Streets.

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Destination City

Destination City was launched in May 2022 as the City of London Corporation's £2.5 million flagship programme aimed at attracting visitors and their spending in order to bolster an economy hit by working from home. The main investment was in re-staging Bartholomew Fair over three weeks in September 2023.

The programme is currently undergoing an independent external review, and reports show a change of direction. The emphasis is now on promoting the Square Mile’s unique culture and heritage, improving the public realm of streets and spaces, and building stronger partnerships with key organisations and residents.

Culture Mile

Culture Mile is the cultural district in the north west of the City of London. It includes the Barbican Arts Centre, and is also the main resident area in the Square Mile, with the Barbican and Golden Lane Estates. The Museum of London is currently developing a new home in West Smithfield.

Community information hub

The Barbican Centre Communities and Neighbourhoods team commissioned me to develop ideas for a community information hub in 2022 on the ground floor of the Centre. Plans were dropped when members of the team left, but then picked up by Barbican Library.

Clerkenwell

Articles, blog posts about Clerkenwell and its radical history. Index here

Bartholomew Fair

How Bartholomew Fair was re-staged in 2023 across the Square Mile, and in its historic location of Smithfield. Index here

David Wilcox david@socialreporter.com
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