This House Believes that…

London will become more trouble than it’s worth.

The UK needs more than one global city: Unequal investment is undermining the true potential of UK plc

Earlier this year, the core cities in England were unanimous in rejecting the idea of having a Mayor. It has been suggested that by shunning an opportunity to close the gap politically,England’s provincial cities have conceded the chance to close the gap economically between themselves and the nation’s capital. While the last decade of urban renaissance has certainly improved the fortunes of our post-industrial urban areas outside the south east, there is still a massive disparity. In 2011 it was revealed that the government spends £2,700 per person on public transport in London compared to £5 per head in the north-east of England. Both the Olympics and the ambitious Crossrail project provide stark reminders – amidst a global financial crisis – of where the priorities lie for public investment in the UK, and London also has Mayor Boris Johnson constantly fighting its corner in both Westminster and Fleet Street; arguing that even more investment would not only be good for London, but good for Britain. Is London really the key to the health of the nation’s economy? Or are we missing a trick? There are around 8 million people in London, but nearly 60 million across the UK, so are we seriously overlooking the potential of other core cities in our economic, political and social future? Must we start to re-think the role they need to play, before London sucks the life out of our urban futures? Does the UK need another global city, or even a separation of political and economic hearts; to unite, coordinate and develop the fortunes of UK plc?

Chair:
Andrew Carter – Deputy Chief Executive / Director of Policy & Research, Centre for Cities

Proposing the motion:
Michael Parkinson CBE – Director, European Institute for Urban Affairs, Liverpool John Moores University
Irena Bauman – Bauman Lyons Architects

Opposing the motion:
Tony Travers – London School of Economics
Deborah Saunt – DSDHA

Join us for a drink from 6pm for a 6.30pm start (earlier than usual)

Start Date:
Tuesday 6 November 2012 6pm

End Date:
Tuesday 6 November 2012 8pm

Event Address:
RIBA HQ
66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD, United Kingdom

Event fee:
This event is free but booking is essential. Email buildingfutures@riba.org to reserve your place

 

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