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Title: Towns, High Streets and Resilience in Scotland: a question for policy?
Author(s): Sparks, Leigh
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Keywords: retailing
high streets
town centres
public policy
Scotland, United Kingdom
Issue Date: May-2021
Date Deposited: 13-May-2021
Citation: Sparks L (2021) Towns, High Streets and Resilience in Scotland: a question for policy?. Sustainability, 13 (10), Art. No.: 5631.
Abstract: The ‘death of the high street’ has become a common refrain, particularly in the United Kingdom, often accompanied by calls for action and demands for improved resilience in town centres and high streets. This paper considers the policy context for towns and town centres in Scotland and the recent review of the country’s approach to towns, town centres and places. With the adoption of National Outcomes linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the declaration of a Climate Emergency, the conclusion is drawn that a more fundamental and radical shift in policy is needed, if resilience of town centres is to have any meaning, and that a clearer and more widely understood conceptualization of resilience needs to be developed.
DOI Link: 10.3390/su13105631
Rights: © 2021 by the author. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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