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Do you care about your city? 21st August 2013 We cannot overlook the fact that we are living in an increasingly urbanised world. It has been estimated that 60% of the global population will live in a city by 2030, a figure that is set to rise to 70% by the year 2050. Yet as our towns and cities have grown both in number and in size, it has become ever more difficult for urban areas to distinguish themselves from one another. This guest blog was contributed by Angela Neilson BA (Hons) DipTP MTP, a Doctoral Candidate in Planning and Landscape at the University of Manchester. It is against this backdrop of escalating competition between cities that policy-makers and professionals have found themselves progressively more dependent on the theory that it is possible to brand a place. Similarly to any other consumable product, the appearance of a place may be selectively edited to create a desirable city that will attract international visitors and workers. Venture into any tourist information centre, either in the UK or abroad, and you will receive a fistful of leaflets which promote that particular area as a great place to live, work and play. After a time, however, you may begin to draw parallels between the tourist brochures produced by different cities. For example, cities may advertise their association with notable historical figures or celebrities, announce upcoming events, and highlight local architectural gems or other cultural attractions. These patterns appear to have become more prevalent over recent decades, particularly in cities adversely affected by deindustrialisation. To understand the ways in which deindustrialised cities have become increasingly similar, my research will consider this phenomenon through the microcosm of the urban waterfront. This is because while the process of deindustrialisation affected a number of historic port cities, many have received particular attention and significant investment in recent years. Having selected Liverpool as my case study, specifically the stretch of waterfront between the ACC Liverpool and Princes Dock, I am now looking to recruit participants with a personal and/or professional knowledge of the docks. In order to elicit memories, perceptions and opinions of the waterfront area, participants will be interviewed during a 60 to 75 minute walk between the ACC Liverpool and Alexandra Tower at the northern end of Princes Dock. It is hoped that the walks can be arranged before the end of October at a mutually convenient time. Whilst not obligatory in order to take part in the research, participants will be invited to a small exhibition. The event is expected to last between 75 and 90 minutes and will be held in the centre of Liverpool once all the walks have been carried out.

Information sheets and example questions are available for both activities and can be provided by post and/or e-mail on request. If you are interested in taking part in the research, or would like to discuss anything in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact me using the details provided below. Angela Neilson BA (Hons) DipTP MTP, School of Environment and Development, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL Phone: 07792 700 943 E-mail: [email protected]

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