Category Archives: Tot’s Blog

How things have changed.

The kind of change management I learned some 10 years ago seems scarcely relevant to local government today.  Back then we were taught that change was a process that started with defining measurable stakeholder aims, creating a business case and analysing risks, dependencies, costs, return on investment, and dis-benefits. We knew that good communication that […]

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Civic Trust recognises Exhibition Road

The transformation of Exhibition Road has been recognised by the granting of an award by the Civic Trust. The Civic Trust says “The Exhibition Road project has replaced a street filled with clutter and vehicular traffic with a kerb-free public space. Pedestrians can now enjoy the walk from South Kensington Station to Hyde Park along […]

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Streets without trees

I’ve just come back from Edinburgh, where I lived for around 20 years, and found I’d forgotten the beauty of streets without trees. Don’t get me wrong, I love trees, and get solace from walking in forests and made an argument for more mature, densely planted street trees in my last blog. But sometimes, some […]

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Street trees

Last week there was a faint air of spring in London. There were occasional warm days, with crocuses in flower, purple violets in the roadside ditch by my house and I saw a red admiral butterfly sunning its wings on a bramble leaf. Even though it’s snowing again now the possibility of summer and warmth […]

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Highways Engineers and Ambitious Bristol

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  George Ferguson’s plans for Bristol are impressive, but there’s something in this otherwise admirable article in the Guardian that makes me nervous. Mayor Ferguson says: “I’m going to be intolerant of bad architecture,”, describing how the former head of planning was a highways engineer who “let anything and everything through – including office blocks […]

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Resolutions and Wishes for 2013

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  It’s the start of the year so after finishing off the Twelfth Night cake and putting the Christmas decorations back in their boxes I’ve started to think about what I’d like to see in the public realm this year.   1. Fewer grandiose works of public art and more temporary and fleeting works of […]

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Pavements of Possibility

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  The most interesting thing about making good public spaces is how people use them in ways you hadn’t considered. I believe that the key to making spaces live, have long futures, be loved and work at the heart of their communities is to create spaces that are adaptable and feel comfortable for as many […]

Christmas in the Street

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  OK, I confess to getting childishly excited at the onset of Christmas. There is something magic in the way cities re-invent themselves with fairy lights and decorations when the winter sun sets, a defiant glory of light against the dark. Christmas lights in our shopping streets are a relatively recent delight, but one that […]