‘High Streets for All’ was a research study commissioned by the Mayor of London and authored by We Made That and LSE Cities. The study took one of the most commonplace experiences of the city – the high street – and used the perspective of Londoners to understand its diverse economic, social and environmental benefits, collectively known as its ‘social value’. 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.
Jules Pipe, London’s Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, introduced the report, which was followed by a presentation of the study findings. A panel discussion around the themes of social value, diversity and inclusion, supporting local businesses, measuring social impact of regeneration and what good growth could mean for London’s high streets followed.