“A manifesto functions as both a statement of principles and a bold, sometimes rebellious, call to action. By causing people to evaluate the gap between those principles and their current reality, the manifesto challenges assumptions, fosters commitment, and provokes change.”
The city is changing. The world is changing. The coronavirus is a crisis like none of us have ever seen before. We do not know how it will change and re-make the world.
You are invited to take a subject and write your response. Please respond in 800 words or less. We will publish your proposals on our website and host discussion of them. Please name which subject you are responding to. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Think big. Think small. Think different. These are incredible times, so ‘old thinking’ won’t do any more. What should a post-covid city look like?
- [Community-led development] Promote community-led development city-wide.
What does community-led development look like in a post-covid world and how do we make it happen?
2. [Quality of Environment] Prioritise quality of environment: identify and protect land and public space held in common good; extend the parks, greenspace and biodiversity of the city; support efforts to improve air quality.
How can we maximise the quality of environment land and public space in these times and beyond?
3. [Key Assets and Services] Protect key assets like playing fields, football pitches and shared spaces; protect public assets and services.
How do we defend and extend playing fields, football pitches and shared spaces, and how do we ensure quality public services?
4. [Housing] Promote fair rents and increased public housing over holiday lets and second homes.
The short-term lets market has collapsed in the face of the virus. How do we defend and maintain this forced regulation?
5. [Tourism] Defend the city against over-tourism and commodification.
Tourism has virtually ceased, with 95% of planes grounded. How do we diversify the economy so that we no longer rely on a single one-dimensional industry, and how do we ensure zero-carbon travel in the future? How do we ensure that overtourism is avoided in the future?
6. [Community Based Learning] Promote community based learning and organising for citizens; explore the power structure that currently defines city governance.
How do we promote community based learning in covid times?
7. [International Good Practice] Learn from international examples and experience of creating participatory municipal politics.
Give examples of best practice and innovation from round Europe.
8. [The Economy] Challenge the current economic growth strategy and business-led regeneration.
How can we move away from “never-ending growth”?
9. [Festivals] Examine the impact of the festivalisation of the city and explore alternatives.
The festival has been cancelled for 2020. How do we make sure it returns in a new form that feels right, benefits the city and its citizens and is culturally rich?
10. [Transport] Promote an environmentally sustainable transport infrastructure for the city with greater priority for active travel i.e. walking and cycling and better integration of transport and land use.
Can the current crisis be used to create the transport and travel infrastructure we need to meet our social and ecological needs?