Smart Cities or Smart Citizens?

You only have to go on line and search “Smart Cities” to realise that for every commentator, blogger, academic and chancer currently involved in the uber-trendy conversation on this topic there are almost as many concepts/ definitions of what a smart city is. As with many ideas which have a catchy name (and “placemaking” is…

Northern Powerhouse: Sheffield CRCA – how badly has devolution been blunted in the Steel City Region?

At an extraordinary meeting of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority yesterday morning the leaders of the member councils couldn’t agree on the terms of a recommendation to initiate public consultation on mayoral powers relating to devolution.  The May 2018 Mayoral election will still go ahead, but – unless something changes in the meantime –…