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The future of parking

Connected drivers, vehicles and car parks The parking market has historically seen little new technology since the introduction of the pay and display machine in the 1930’s. Now, nearly a century later, the future of parking is finally changing, facilitated by the internet and the adoption of smart technology by both motorists and car manufacturers. Cars, their…

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Innovation & the regeneration ‘journey’

The street scenes greeting me outside Swansea and Cambridge stations at either end of my regeneration ‘journey’ last week, raised questions for me about the links between regeneration and innovation. At Cambridge cranes reach skywards to signal further additions to a scene that already hosts the offices of Microsoft’s European research base and expensive apartments well-placed for…

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Creating renewal in austerity

Is town centre renewal possible in these austere times? Last week I was lucky to take a one-day tour of Lincolnshire town centres. This taught me lessons and identified issues that have wider meaning for cash-strapped communities in need of renewal. The situation facing rural Lincolnshire town centres like Sleaford, Gainsborough and Boston will be familiar to…