Historic Core Zone stage 1 gets green light

Great news – the Town Council has unanimously endorsed the first stage design of Bradford on Avon’s Historic Core Zone and is now calling on Wiltshire Council Highways to progress as soon as possible… More…

Time to start work on the Historic Core Zone!

Following consultation on the first stage of the Bradford on Avon Historic Core Zone last month, here’s a video report on a shared streets scheme that has been completed in Poynton, Cheshire. This is a…

Central London properties ‘value’ £552bn today. Was £16m in 1898. Discuss.

Further to yesterday’s post about Ebenezer Howard and land reform, I came across a gem of a comparison about land values in today’s Observer. In Howard’s book Tomorrow [page 145], he noted that the “present…

The real lesson from Ebenezer Howard and garden towns – fundamental land reform?

The ideas offered by Ebenezer Howard are fascinating – mixing the best of town and country living. You can see its influence on new urbanism, on the transition town concept and other current approaches. But…

Did Ebenezer Howard get it right?

Back on track after the worst hacking cough for 20 years… ho hum not enough rum methinks… Anyway, while away Julian Dobson, whose Urban Pollinators produces some wonderfully adroit thinking about towns and communities, wrote…

This is the magic transformation of BoA – thanks to the Historic Core Zone!

First consultation today in Bradford on Avon for the first stage of the Historic Core Zone – the plan to change the balance of the town centre to give preference to people rather than vehicle…

“We thought that knowledge was scarce, when in fact it was just that our shelves were small.”

Just finished David Weinberger‘s instructive ‘Too Big To Know” mentioned earlier. He’s analysing how we can benefit by adapting to the flood of information that has resulted from the Web. But first, an understanding of…

Some bon mots for a Saturday evening…

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Anon “All day long I add up columns of figures and make everything balance. I…

Bradford on Avon’s own roots festival – next weekend!

BRADFORD ROOTS ACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013 SAT 12 JAN 12NOON – 10PM SUN 13 JAN 11AM – 3PM Banish the winter blues with this glorious celebration of Bradford on Avon’s musical talent . Two days of live music…

Two at the Bath Lit Fest.

Two names to see in particular at the Bath Literature Festival in March. Robert Fisk talking about the Middle East (I still heartily recommend his Pity the Nation as a key text for understanding the…

Two people worth knowing

Just got round to reading David Weinberger‘s 2012 book Too Big To Know. Summary: “Rather than a systemic collapse, the Internet era represents a fundamental change in the methods we have for understanding the world…