Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Clone towns revisited
Recently, the New Economics Foundation (nef) published a follow up to their influential 2005 'Clone Town Britain' report. The updated report has surveyed Britain again and found that 41 per cent of UK towns are clone towns and a further 23 per cent are on the verge of becoming clone towns.
The original report explored how our local towns and commuities had been affected by the growing dominance of major chains on the high street, and this follow-up continues the theme, whilst also exploring how the economic downturn has affected this situation. This is important stuff as it affects the quality of our lives and communities directly. The report provides a few ideas on how we can start to make things better. Also see the 'How to connect' section of the Life Squared resource base for other ideas.
Check out the new report here.