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Tomorrow’s City, Today’s Challenge is a unique campaign. 60% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2030 and our campaign looks at what we need to do today to prepare for that change. We’ve had some great input from industry leaders.


We were joined by three fantastic panellists: Professor Tony Travers, Director of LSE London at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Liz Peace CBE, former CEO of the BPF and chair of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation and Léan Doody, Associate Director, leading Arup’s global consulting work on smart cities. Helen Garthwaite, partner in Wedlake Bell’s Construction team, chaired the debate. Key themes were:

• Connections – of all sorts – are critical to business and growth. In an age of digital links, physical meetings are becoming ever- more prized

• City leaders have a critical role to play as advocates for the infrastructure their city needs. Regional city mayors can boost local economies and productivity by delivering better infrastructure

• Will civic pride (and neighbourly competition) be the driving force which delivers smart cities for us? There’s little government impetus in this area, whether in the UK or the rest of the world

• We’re not advocates of red tape but we see a clear role for regulation to make sure there’s adequate provision for digital infrastructure

• If you’re wondering where to invest, our panel still plumps for location, location, location

There will be more Tomorrow’s City, Today’s Challenge debates later in the year.

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