"Rebuilding Place" UK writing trip
I write the Rebuilding Place in the Urban Place blog on urban revitalization, which has been picked as a top 100 (or better) urban planning blog by a number of sites.
Based in DC, I do write about other places and I always write about the places I visit. I've been blogging regularly since 2005 and have published more than 10,000 articles totaling millions of words on all kinds of issues and concerns.
A few years ago I wrote a series of articles about culture based revitalization in eight European cities for a EU National Institutes of Culture Washington Chapter project here, and among the places I wrote about was Liverpool.
I get a lot of e-letters and one is from the Place Brand Observer . They are holding a conference on city branding, called the International Place Branding Event in Liverpool and offered some free registrations to people who made a good case. As a lark, I submitted my Liverpool article and said it would be great to see in reality what I wrote about from afar without ever seeing it in person. And they picked me.
The conference is May 31st and June 1st.
But being underemployed, I don't really have the money to go. I've organized a trip to Liverpool and London and in return for financial support, I promise to write a number of articles in my blog on what I see and learn and specific items that I plan to follow up on that I've already written about. Topics will include:
-- City branding, which is the focus of the conference, and a subject of one of my earliest blog posts in 2005
-- Liverpool waterfront revitalization
-- culture based revitalization in Liverpool in the face of severe cuts in local government funding by the national government
-- the bike hub at Heathrow Airport and other bike hubs at railway stations in England
-- London Cyclist Campaign
-- railway stations in London and Liverpool
-- transit in London and Liverpool including wayfinding and design
-- especially the use of double deck buses which I think we should use in the US to rebrand transit
-- London Transport Museum
-- Museum of the City of London
-- retail in neighborhood commercial districts (High Streets)
-- the Idea Store Libraries in Tower Hamlets Borough (I want to try to interview someone there)
-- an interview hopefully with a former product design manager at Transport for London
-- and undoubtedly many more topics.
I didn't plan out everything before I made the plane reservations unfortunately, and I might need to change my flight back in order to be able to try to check out bike hubs at train stations such as Cambridge, which has free bike parking spaces for 3,000 bikes (but I might not be able to get to it if I can't raise enough money).
The expenses include airplane, rail trip to Liverpool from London and back, transit, lodging, food, a transit pass, temporary International phone coverage, etc.
Besides the conference and travel, the idea is to spend 2.5 days each in Liverpool and London. I know that's not enough time, but it's enough time to learn a lot and write just as much.
I know that many people read my blog and apply ideas to their own situations. In recognition of my "giving back" I hope people will see fit to help.
ALSO, if you have suggestions for things I should try to see and articles I should then write about, please let me know.