129. The regeneration game

So does “cultured-led regeneration” actually work? Can a shiny new museum ever be enough to fix a struggling post-industrial city? Or a particularly big sports day?

Carolina Saludes of the Young Fabians has been looking into these and other questions, and kindly agreed to come and answer them for us. We talk about Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture; her home city of Barcelona’s regeneration after the 1992 Olympics; plus, inevitably, Bilbao and its Guggenheim. And a good time was had by all.

Also this week: Andrew Carter, chief executive of the Centre for Cities, gives us an urban policy wishlist for Britain’s new Prime Minister.

By the next episode of Skylines, that job will almost certainly be held by Boris Johnson. May god have mercy on our souls.

Skylines is the podcast from the New Statesman’s cities site, CityMetric. It’s hosted by Jonn Elledge and produced by Nick Hilton.


 

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