A new report from LSE Cities and We Made That, commissioned by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has revealed the fundamental role high streets play in delivering economic, social and environmental benefits to Londoners. High Streets for All (pdf) was produced as a response to Mayor Sadiq Khan’s call for a City for All Londoners. The report explores the threats to the capital’s high streets as well as their value and offers a series of key recommendations to strengthen and support them in the future. This methodology built on the LSE Cities’ Super-diverse Streets research project, led by Suzanne Hall, Cities Programme Director. Together with existing knowledge and new primary research, the study used this evidence to set out the strategic case for advocacy, intervention and investment in London’s high streets.
The report uses existing data and new research to examine London’s 602 high streets. Burnt Oak in north west London, Lewisham High Street in the south and Lower Clapton Road in the north east were examined in particular to represent the effects of different demographics, varying house prices and the physical changes to their built environment.
A new article, “Envisioning Migration: Drawing the Infrastructure of Stapleton Road, Bristol” by Suzanne Hall, Julia King, and Robin Finlay has been published in the “New Diversities” journal. Emerging from the “Super-diverse Streets” research project, it explores the different ways drawing can be practiced to understand how migration shapes the infrastructure of the so-called ‘British’ high street. Focusing on Stapleton Road, Bristol, the article contributes to discussions on the role of drawing as a critical visual practice in social research, while elaborating on a conception of “migrant infrastructure” to bring practices of economic life into view, relating the processes of migration and marginalisation to the spaces of world, street, shop and body.
New data on ‘super-diverse streets’ provides insights into the micro-economies that provide important economic and civic resources across UK cities. These are streets that are located in ethnically diverse and comparatively deprived urban places, where urban retail spaces shape and are shaped by migrant investments.
The first phase of this project incorporates a qualitative survey conducted in 2015, on four ‘super-diverse’ high streets: Rookery Road (Birmingham); Stapleton Road (Bristol); Narborough Road (Leicester); and Cheetham Hill (Manchester). In total, the face-to-face surveys across four streets incorporate 910 units. This included 480 retail units and 351 proprietors were surveyed.
The ‘Super-diverse streets’ project is funded by the ESRC (ref: ES/L009560/1), and focuses on the intersections between city streets, ethnic diversity and economic adaptations in the context of accelerated migration.
The phase one survey of these four streets was conducted by Suzanne Hall, Robin Finlay and Julia King.
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LSE Cities’ Suzanne Hall has published a new paper on ‘Migrant Urbanisms: Ordinary Cities and Everyday Life’ in the Sociology special issue on everyday life. At the core of Hall’s exploration is how migrants are active in the making of urban space and urban politics. For access to the article click here.
Suzi Hall, Julia King and Robin Finlay give a keynote lecture at The Sociological Review’s symposium on ‘Streetlife: The Shifting Sociologies of the Street’. Their paper focused on their recent ESRC research on diverse streets in Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and Leicester (ref: ES/L009560/1). The symposium took place on Tuesday 15 September from 10am – 6pm.
For symposium details click here.
For more information on the Super-diverse Streets project click here.
The Super-diverse Streets project, led by Senior Research Associate Suzanne Hall, is featured in an article in the Architects Journal on the death of the high street. In the piece ‘Tread softly for you tread on my dreams’ Hall discusses Peckham Rye Lane and its highly flexible forms of micro-retail.
To read the article in full click here.
Suzanne Hall, Julia King and Robin Finlay give a presentation on ‘Loose infrastructure: civic diversity in Birmingham and Leicester’ at the The Infrastructures of Diversity: Materiality and Culture in Urban Space workshop on Thursday 9 July. This takes place at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany.
The presentation explores how urban migrants expand on an infrastructure of civic diversity, in particular how transactions on the street are developed in spatial, economic and cultural dimension.
Information about the LSE Cities Super-diverse Streets project is available here.