On June 2nd the Urban Retail Districts working group had the honor to receive no one less than Hasanul Hoque and Charles Landry to talk about the award winning business improvement district of Camden and its entrepreneurial and innovative approach that led to its succes over the years. Also, the challenges and opportunities the post pandemic recovery has created in the district.
Charles Landry discussed some of the friction of the 'Creative Bureaucracy' related to our high streets and cities. Finding the balance between the need to re-invent, experiment and innovate versus the regulatory boundaries and need to loosen these rules. The post pandemic recovery also presents opportunities for our cities and high streets with the need to adapt, yet is this need truly recognized by the city regulators and organizational structures that exist? Are they willing to be flexible?
Hasanul Hoque is the Operations Director and Urbanist working at Camden
Town Unlimited, Alternative Camden (London's Innovation District) and its
charitable arm Camden Collective both award-winning organizations.
Most recently helping set up the Camden Highline and the sister BID Euston
Town. He has the responsibility for the operations across the organizations.
Charles Landry is an author, speaker and the international adviser on the
future of cities. He is best known for popularizing the concept of the Creative
City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators became a movement to rethink the
planning, development and management of cities.
Photo credits: gabiontheroad