Suc­cess sto­ries of cities across Europe shared

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Mr Palmer ex­am­ined the rea­sons why some Euro­pean cities have suc­ceeded in whole­sale re­gen­er­a­tion.

He said: “Glas­gow was a non-starter in the early 1980s.

“It had chronic lev­els of un­em­ploy­ment, se­vere health prob­lems, and an im­age as a city of ra­zor gangs and street vi­o­lence.

“But the city recog­nised there were is­sues it had to ad­dress, not just at po­lit­i­cal level, but across busi­ness, arts, in­dus­try and other sec­tors.

“Rot­ter­dam is another ex­am­ple of how re­gen­er­a­tion can work if there is suf­fi­cient vi­sion.

“It was nearly de­stroyed in the Sec­ond World War, but its civic lead­ers in­vested in rad­i­cal new de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture.

“Berlin and Barcelona have both moved for­ward with large-scale de­vel­op­ments.”

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