Rinsing the recession

December 26, 2008 at 4:05 pm | Posted in Sheffield | Leave a comment

It’s an interesting challenge for town planners: when a recession is laying waste to your city’s businesses, stalling new developments and generally making the place look untidy, how do you work to attract new investment in the face of greater stagnation and inactivity? Well, Sheffield Council has come up with one idea:

IMAGES of Sheffield are being used to brighten up the city centre as more properties fall vacant, waiting for redevelopment.

Hoardings are being erected around buildings due to be demolished to make way for the £600m Sevenstone retail quarter between Barkers Pool, Pinstone Street and Moorhead.

They will have green vinyl frontages with framed images of Sheffield, designed by the council to give a uniform and tidy impression during the wait for the bulldozers

It’s a good idea. Sure, it’s hardly going to mask an abandoned building site or a block of disused offices, but it could at least give both residents and would-be investors a peak at what the city looks like at its best. Because, as these images show, the place can look awfully pretty.

Images taken from the excellent Paolo Màrgari (Creative Commons)


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