Lessons from London: “The failure to listen to existing residents is a missed opportunity to get good ideas and ‘co-design’ things together…”

London is full of great livable streets like this one — but many of them are in peril.

Portland is not the only city in which good intentions to involve neighborhoods has devolved into a dysfunctional system bent on suppressing “NIMBYs.”  From The Guardian:

[London] Mayor Sadiq Khan recently released a good practice guide for regeneration. He recommended residents take part in shaping plans at an early stage.

Yet the consultation process remains a common complaint. It has been criticised as a tokenistic exercise, conducted alongside a PR drive to persuade residents of the merits of a plan already decided without them. Nicholas Boys Smith, founding director of the social enterprise Create Streets, believes the failure to listen to existing residents is a missed opportunity to get good ideas and “co-design” things together with other stakeholders.

“Quite often residents are rightly cynical about consultation,” said Boys Smith.

Word to the wise?

Read the full article here.

One Reply to “Lessons from London: “The failure to listen to existing residents is a missed opportunity to get good ideas and ‘co-design’ things together…””

  1. From George Ferguson, Past President fo the Royal Institute of British Architects (via email): “Too true – good regeneration starts with what already exists…and may be a bit ‘messy’ – as opposed to those ‘clean’ designs that may look good on the computer screen, but alas…”

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