UK's 5 supercities of the future
By CLODAGH HARTLEY
Consumer Affairs Editor
Published: 29 May 2009
BRITAIN is set for its biggest shake-up since the industrial revolution - with the birth of five new "supercities" over the next 20 years, a new report predicts.
And the post-recession landscape will be very different to today's Britain, as the traditional North/South divide is turned on its head.
Northern cities Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle are likely to become more prosperous than southern rivals. Along with Brighton, Newcastle and Leeds will be booming business hubs.
By 2020 Newcastle will have a ?700million science centre.
Leeds will establish itself as the UK's top financial centre after London, with a ?1billion "City" district planned.
Liverpool will rebrand itself as a global city.
And Brighton will cash in on its "liberated" image to create an alternative economy.
The fifth supercity will be London, which will see creative businesses overtake finance as the major earner. It could eventually become independent from the rest of the UK, the Future of Business report by HSBC bank predicts.
Source: The Sun
Also here,! the NZ Govt is trying to 'fast-track' Auckland into a Super City, no one seems to know why!!! and the government is not offering any explanations, causing quite a problem too, as so many area councils are involved, and so far, nobody has a clue on how it's going to work!!!
Bank report predicts Liverpool?s ?supercity? status
May 27 2009
by Neil Hodgson, Liverpool Daily Post
LIVERPOOL is tipped to become a centre of excellence in stem cell research in a new report forecasting future trends.
The Future of Business report, commissioned by banking group HSBC, predicts the biggest shake-up for UK industry since the industrial revolution, with many cities striving to re-invent themselves.
Liverpool is set to forge ahead in stem cell research, while Manchester is tipped as a new centre for robotics. Report author Martin Raymond predicts the rise of ?supercities? in the next 20 years, including Liverpool, Newcastle and Leeds, which will derive income and status from new areas like biotech.
Source: Liverpool Daily Post
London becoming a separate city state is bit exaggerated. What do they base this assumption on that Liverpool, Leeds & Newcastle will become supercities?
It all depends on the south east power triangle. They decided post WW2 that London and the south east will be No. 1 and all else can go to hell. London received a disproportionate amount of public investment. One third of Docklands was public money - a whole city built. Another e.g. is Crossrail, it parallels the Central Line and 15 miles of tunnel is being dug. A fraction of that money could give Liverpool a needed Circle Line making Merseyrail a true metro, with 80% in place. Circle Line That will propel Liverpool forwards attracting investment for minimal cost, Crossrail is a nice to have project, not essential, with a fortune being spent on it.
No cities will prosper at the expense of London. If London does well and others do that is fine. Others will no do well while London lags, as the south east power mongers will prevent that happening.
"Our panel predicted the rise of supercities and regions over the next 20 years," said Martin Raymond from the Future Laboratory, one of the report's authors. "They promise to change the traditional national and regional power bases because of their proximity to the one thing that does not depend on natural resources: knowledge."
What will attract "knowledge" to Liverpool. The city has to be attractive for people to live in with high quality homes which are affordable. Homes and flats built are poor quality and far too small poky places. Many block are just plain tat.
The city has potential to create an attractive water based environment for people to live around. People like living next to water. The design, quality and spaciousness has to be there, otherwise the city stays an old has been ex Victorian crock.
If the city does not get its act together no one will come to the city and it will continue to struggle being a largely working class city.
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