Author Archives: The Steady State Manchester team

Mayfield’s future – unleashing the imagination

We have covered a number of planning issues here recently.  One thing we have highlighted is the “imaginative deficit”, that the plans being offered, whether for specific urban developments, or for the City Region’s use of land as a whole, … Continue reading

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Universal Basic Income: Is it the only cornerstone of a just society?

Read this as a pdf Carolyn Kagan Steady State Manchester The momentum in favour of universal basic income is gathering. John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, recently announced the Labour Party was establishing a working group to investigate … Continue reading

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Greater Manchester: Towards a retrofit Garden City?

Greater Manchester: Towards a retrofit Garden City? We have been critical of recent plans in Greater Manchester1 but what might a better approach look like? At our latest conversation event we considered the idea of making the city region more … Continue reading

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Policies for the City Region: our full report, out now.

Today we publish our full report: Policies for the City Region. The timing couldn’t be better as now is the run up to the first election of a Greater Manchester mayor.  In it we explore and promote policies and practices … Continue reading

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Universal Basic Income: The Cornerstone of a Just Society?

On a cold January day, the room of about 60 people was buzzing towards the end of Karl Widerquist’s talk on Universal Basic Income: The Cornerstone of a Just Society at the SSM/MMU event on January 30th 2017. Later that … Continue reading

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What kind of a city and region do we want?

Success as building frenzy: the Manchester model Someone once told me that for Sir Howard Bernstein, the retiring Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, his measure of success was the number of cranes visible on the city’s skyline. True or … Continue reading

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Greater Manchester Garden City – a viable alternative?

Conversation event:  Greater Manchester Garden City – a viable alternative? Thursday 2 March, 6.30pm, Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester.   Book via EventBrite We’ll be showing Tom Bliss’s film that reviewed the Garden City concept and suggested applying it retrospectively … Continue reading

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Greater Manchester Spatial Framework – our response.

Click for the pdf version of our response The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework is a “master plan” for the use of land across Greater Manchester for the next 20 years.  Steady State Manchester responds to it here.  While there are … Continue reading

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