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The prospect of an expedition to Stevenage stimulated great excitement in the Urban Repairs Club.  This Hertfordshire town, population 84,000, is either maligned or disregarded by most normal civilians, but among a select corps of town planners and urbanists, it … Continue reading

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Frome Independence Day

A gloomy November Saturday morning in London, and a new type of outing for the Urban Repairs Club: a day trip to the Independence Day conference in Frome, Somerset. Organised by The Guardian’s roving reporter John Harris (a Frome resident) … Continue reading

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Birmingham CBD, Westside and Jewellery Quarter

Expedition No.2 saw the Urban Repairs Club departing the City of Birmingham promising we would return;  six months later, on the summer solstice 2012, we did.  The plan: to check out a few more of the Birmingham Big City Plan’s … Continue reading

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Hebden Bridge, Bacup, Burnley, Clitheroe

Easter 2012 and Expedition No.3 took the Urban Repairs Club to a selection of Lancashire and Yorkshire Pennine mill towns.  The concept was in two parts: Firstly, to visit the regenerated Pennine valley mill town par excellence, Hebden Bridge – … Continue reading

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South Birmingham

Birmingham is well known for having poured investment into its city centre, tackling the legacy of its 1960s comprehensive redevelopment and creating the No.1 business conference and convention city outside London, as well as cementing its position as the undisputed … Continue reading

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The City of London

Visiting the Occupy London demonstration at St Paul’s Cathedral is so not what the Urban Repairs Club is supposed to be about, that there is a certain wilful contrariness to it becoming the subject of our first ever Expedition Report. … Continue reading

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