Author Archives: Ed Ferrari

About Ed Ferrari

Ed Ferrari is a Lecturer in Town & Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield. Ed is the administrator of this blog.

Housing finance and policy in the UK and US: the same, or different?

As a British academic (and without meaning any disrespect to American colleagues) I usually approach US conferences with some trepidation. For a start, they always seem to start at 7.30 in the morning (ridiculously macho!) with papers talking about British … Continue reading

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Keep Portland Weird…

I’m lucky enough to be spending a some time in Oregon, in the USA’s Pacific Northwest. The Northwest is interesting to planners for a number of reasons. There are big debates about environmental protection versus an economy driven by the … Continue reading

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Attercliffe – The ‘Lost Gateway’ to Sheffield

Sometimes you don’t plan to get involved in things necessarily, but they take on a life of their own and you get to see some great things happening as a result.  In my last blog entry, I took the opportunity … Continue reading

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Attercliffe showcase – Thursday 15 December

Anybody that knows Sheffield knows the neighbourhood of Attercliffe – sometimes for the ‘wrong’ reasons. It’s fair to say that the once-vibrant area has a bit of an air of dilapidation these days, as it has for some time. But … Continue reading

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The Code for our urban future: back to SimCity!

Over the past couple of weeks, I have managed to catch snippets of the BBC programme The Code. As someone who was interested in maths and physics at school (now mostly forgotten, alas) I found it well worth watching. As … Continue reading

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‘Excess commuting’ to school

I was fortunate to receive a small research grant from the British Academy to undertake some preliminary work looking at the relationship between residential housing markets and travel to school. In the course of preparing some of the data for … Continue reading

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The impact agenda – 60s style!

When glancing through old journals and books on planning, it never ceases to surprise me how most of the problems we think of as contemporary are, of course, anything but.  That is perhaps as much an indictment of our past … Continue reading

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Index of Deprivation 2010: Continuous multivariate mapping

There has been quite a bit of recent activity around the release of the 2010 Indices of Deprivation (for England) as we all try to get to grips with what it says about the state of neighbourhood and communities throughout … Continue reading

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Despite the downturn, the housing market gap grows: we need a new approach

I was recently involved in a short project for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looking at the issue of housing market volatility in the UK, but from the perspective of local areas. Inevitaby, the report doesn’t actually tackle what hardcore economists … Continue reading

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