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News - 18 October 2007
|Brighton's North laine - a unique sense of place|
Report pans local government “lack of originality” but praises Brighton
A new think tank report suggests that the reason “clone towns” are proliferating is because local authorities are failing to produce original strategies that reflect the unique characteristics of towns and places. Brighton is singled out as an example of how it should be done.
The report by the Work Foundation titled Distinctiveness and Cities – Beyond ‘Find & Replace’ Economic Development - compliments Brighton & Hove for using historic heritage, transport links to London, independent retailers and a thriving creative scene including the annual Festival to develop a distinct identity that makes a unique contribution to the regional economy.
The title of the report comes from the idea that often economic strategies are not devised with reference to the unique characteristics of "place" but rather cribbed from existing strategies for other towns or cities with just the names changed.
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