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Sarah Spanton is director of arts organisation Waymarking - www.waymarking.org.uk

Making a difference: Bradford and Plymouth

I’ve been excited to meet and talk to individuals working against the odds in their towns to make a positive difference to their towns and small cities. Artists Jean McEwan and Chemaine Cooke of Wur Bradford (see June 18 blog post) … Continue reading

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Making a difference: Newcastle under Lyme and the 6 Potteries Towns

Following on from October’s blog, I’ve recently been listening to a couple of podcasts addressing issues relating to towns: Weekly Economics Podcast (from New Economics Foundation): Is it the end of the Road for the High Street? & Ed Miliband … Continue reading

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Making a difference in Plymouth, Newcastle Under Lyme, Bradford

This next couple of blog posts are some very early musings on the current relationship between towns and cities and highlights some learning and thinking I’ve been doing about this. As an adult I’ve always lived in big cities (Sheffield, … Continue reading

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Musings on Markets #4: How to find ways to solve issues of gentrification?

Following directly on from my previous post on street food and artisan markets – this post considers their relationship to the traditional market. These new food halls and artisan markets aren’t delivering what the traditional market does. They are considered by … Continue reading

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Musings on Markets #3: markets as destinations and social spaces

Over the last few years a new trend in markets has been very popular; artisan, craft and street food markets have been springing up in cities and towns across the country and in Europe. These are seen by those managing … Continue reading

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Musings on markets #2: traditional markets, traders stories & opportunities to explore

In Sara Gonzalez and Gloria Dawson’s report ‘Traditional Markets under threat – why it’s happening and what traders and customers can do’[1], which researches and reports on current issues for traditional markets. They define a traditional market as: ‘A traditional retail … Continue reading

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Musings on markets #1

This blog aims to be an online sketch book, where I am able to ponder out loud on ideas and issues that have been coming up within my practice. For me, the process of blog post-writing is more about throwing … Continue reading

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