Is there a fundamental shift in how our cities are built? Is a
top-down rebuild of cities being replaced by a bottom-up resurgence? The
growth of social enterprises, of small community driven programmes,
suggest the grassroots is strengthening. From Granby Streets to North
Liverpool and Lime Street in Liverpool the democratisation of technology
has made us feel like we have a voice, and we’re not afraid to use it.
But is it more simple than just technology?
Are we a new generation of civic practitioners ready to reject the
traditional way of planning a city and want to have more control? But
how do you give people the confidence to have ideas, not just see if
they work? What effect will this growing democratisation have on our
places, as well as the people who live in them? What are the best
conditions for grassroots enterprise? Is this an opportunity, or is it a