Podcast: Industrial revolution, industrial decline

Oldham, a Lancashire mill town. Image: Getty.

This is one of our occasional guest episodes in which I hand the reins to somebody else/shamelessly re-release someone else’s hard work.

City Talks is the monthly podcast from the Centre for Cities think tank. Last May its host, the Centre’s chief executive Andrew Carter, spoke to ex-Treasury staffer Mike Emmerich about his book Britain’s Cities, Britain’s Future.

Together, the two of them look back over 200 year years of Britain’s urban history. They discuss how cities like Manchester grew out of Industrial Revolution, and became some of the most prosperous and entrepreneurial cities there have ever been – yet came to decline so precipitously in the 20th century. Emmerich argues that, if Britain’s cities are prosper in the future, we need to get to grips with the both the cultural and institutional reasons for that.

It’s a fascinating interview, and I’m very grateful to Andrew and his colleagues for allowing me to repurpose it as an episode of Skylines. Why not subscribe to City Talks, to say thanks? You can find that, plus a load of other fascinating stuff about cities and their economeis, on the Centre’s werbsite. 

The episode itself is below. You can subscribe to the podcast on AcastiTunes, or RSS. Enjoy.

Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and also has a Facebook page.

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Podcast: Brizzle

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees, in Bristol. Image: Getty.

This week, we’re off to an English city that, to my shame, I’ve been neglecting: Bristol, the largest city in the south west, and indeed the largest city in the south outside London.

I’m joined by Sian Norris, founder of the Bristol Women’s Literary Festival, to talk about the city she’s lived in since her childhood. She tells me what makes Bristol so liveable, why it’s struggling with inequality, and how it’s coping with the recent influx of London expats bidding up house prices.

Since we’re on his patch, I also spoke to Marvin Rees, who since 2016 has been the elected Labour mayor of the city. He tells me why he was so keen for Bristol to host the Global Parliament of Mayors, and why local politicians need to work together after Brexit. Oh, and he talks about his transport plans, too.

The episode itself is below. You can subscribe to the podcast on AcastiTunes, or RSS. Enjoy.

Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and on Facebook as JonnElledgeWrites.

Skylines is supported by 100 Resilient Cities. Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, 100RC is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

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