20 things you can do on the high street without shopping

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As retail uses shrink in our town centres and empty spaces open up, what could you do to create social spaces that bring new people in? This presentation, produced for Architecture + Design Scotland, shows some of the things people are already beginning to do. See my other presentations on high streets for the wider thinking behind this.

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  • 20 things you could do in the high streetwithout shopping
  • 1make it a canvas
  • 2celebrate local talent
  • 3hold a festival
  • 4tell a story
  • 5make space to play
  • 6explore your history
  • 7green your public space
  • 8turn waste into opportunity
  • 9meet someone new
  • 10find a space to work
  • 11learn a new skill
  • 12make something original
  • 13freecycle your clutter
  • 14make space to protest
  • 15rediscover the agora
  • 16plan your town centre
  • 17find somewhere to live
  • 18put perennials in the potholes
  • 19occupy empty spaces
  • 20watch the world go by
  • High streets and town centres that are fit for the 21st century need to be multifunctional social centres, not simply competitors for stretched consumers. They must offer irresistible opportunities and experiences that do not exist elsewhere, are rooted in theinterests and needs of local people, and will meet the demands of a rapidly changing world.
  • Find out moreDownload our 21st Century Agora paper See other presentations on Slideshare Check out the Revive Our Town Centres forumRead seven steps from ghost town to host town
  • pictur cr dits 1 Heather Cowper/ heatheronhertravels.com 2 IrenicRhonda 3 Robin Byles 4 Graphic Reality 5 David Elliott 8 Jasper Nance 9 Dan/ bhamsandwich 10 Ed Yourdon 11 Toban Black 12 Amber Karnes 13 Shazz Mack 14 Krawallmadchen15 Howard Lake - www.flickr.com/photos/howardlake/ 16 chatsworthroade5.co.uk 17 @monkeybanjo 18 the pothole gardener 19 Keith Bloomfield 20 Ed Yourdon
  • thank you more from me... www.urbanpollinators.co.uk my blog: Living with Rats Twitter: @juliandobson