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Expert Comment: Strategic visioning and Cities for People

Liverpool waterfront Monday 5 November 2012

With the launch of Liverpool’s City Centre Strategic Investment Framework (SIF) on 1st November, Dr Janet Speake, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Hope, looks at a new vision for the next 15 years. 

Liverpool’s City Centre Strategic Investment Framework (SIF) seeks to reaffirm the position of Liverpool as a world class city with a world class vision and to build upon the city’s impressive renaissance during the last decade.  

It presents a city whose 'journey continues' through a series of 'major transformational projects' covering commercial, cultural and infrastructural developments. It incorporates three interlocking themes of enterprise, people and place.  Concepts of distinctive neighbourhoods and their enhancement and promotion feature strongly.  

The strategic framework is not just about projects but also about people. Liverpool aims high and looks globally for aspirational examples from across the world to illustrate what can be achieved.

The global and the local, people and place also feature in the 'Cities for People' programme of three seminars, organised by Engage Liverpool, which have been timed to coincide with the launch of the Strategic Investment Framework.  

The first seminar is with Adjunct Professor Trevor Boddy from the University of British Columbia, critic of contemporary architecture/urbanism and a Vancouver-based consulting urban designer. This seminar considers the experiences of Vancouver, regularly dubbed one of the most 'liveable' cities in the world, and encourages discussion with residents and stakeholders about what Liverpool can learn about do about raising its global position as a 'liveable' city for working, studying, living and visiting.

Liverpool city centre is at another defining moment in its evolutionary trajectory.  Engaging with global and local discussion through benchmarking and learning from other cities, alongside listening to people for whom Liverpool city centre is home, is both distinctive and pivotal.


Useful links

Liverpool City Centre Strategic Investment Framework 2012

Cities for People leaflet

Liverpool Echo article - Debate on the future of Liverpool to feature world authority on urban design


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