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Local Elections 2021 in the UK: Time to take the power back

From Grimsby to the Isle of White, Bexhill to Bude, a revolution is brewing. Buoyed by the sense of ‘can do’ camaraderie that Covid-19 sparked in many communities last year, and by the trailblazing success of independent-run councils such as Frome in Somerset and Buckfastleigh…

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Don’t Panic! How Italian municipalists tackled COVID-19

The deadly outbreak of COVID-19 in Italy marked a turning point in the global conversation about the pandemic. When the disease first emerged and spread throughout China, people in powerful western countries found it easy to dismiss the threat. But by late February, news of…

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The uses and abuses of municipalism on the British Left

It’s becoming something of a well-worn joke amongst those of us thinking and writing about so-called ‘new municipalism’ (I can’t speak for those actually making it happen) that it so often gets conflated with ‘progressive politics happening in cities’ – or, worse, progressive policies enacted…

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Taking back control: The future of public services

Lavinia Steinfort

From Barcelona to Grenoble, towns, cities and regions are reclaiming democratic control over vital services like water and healthcare. We spoke to Transnational Institute researcher Lavinia Steinfort about how, contrary to decades of received wisdom, reversing privatisation results in more accessible, accountable and cost-effective public…

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Liveable spaces for all: Covid-19 in the city

Helen Cole
Paola Hernández

For people living in cities during the lockdown, space was a major concern, both in and outside the home. The pandemic has reconfigured the way we use and think about urban space. Will it be sufficient for a fairer, healthier city to emerge? Paola Hernández…

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Cities as empty shells: Urban tourism in a post-pandemic world

Sofia Cherici

The tourism industry employs almost five times as many people as car manufacturing in the EU. In much of Southern Europe, it has been a lonely growth area throughout years of stagnation. But for cities such as Rome and Venice, its side effects have been…

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Connect the city: Rights, justice and the digital divide

Guillem Ramírez Chico

Among the trends accelerated by the pandemic, digitalisation stands out for its pace of change. Large parts of education, work, and social services moved online in a matter of weeks. Though many people lack the connections, equipment, and skills to access what are often fundamental…

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Taking power in a crisis: France’s green cities

Benoit Monange
Bruno Bernard
Léonore Moncond’huy

In June 2020, after a drawn-out process punctuated by the peak of the health crisis, Green lists excelled in France’s municipal elections. They are now at the head of the executive in some of France’s largest cities, including Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, and Tours. In…

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Wiki on sustainable just cities

Urban Arena

This Wiki is an ongoing, open-ended online collaborative database and knowledge source for the Community of Practice of the UrbanA project. It captures the learning process of the UrbanA Community of Practice and is an important part of UrbanA’s knowledge commons. It includes a database…

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