I’ve highlighted the Renew Newcastle initiative in Newcastle, Australia multiple times before. It’s one of the most innovative urban revitalization projects in the world. They convinced landlords of vacant buildings in a nearly deserted downtown to loan out space to creative entrepreneurs. The results were magic.
Marcus Westbury instigated the project and wrote it up in his fantastic book Creating Cities. I was able to get time with him during a recent visit to New York to record a podcast about Renew Newcastle. If the audio embed doesn’t display below, click over to listen on Soundcloud.
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Cover image by Tim Keegan – CC BY-SA 2.0