Ep. 30 How Covid has affected our high streets, Lahari Ramuni, Centre for Cities

In this episode of Public Sector Voices, Lahari Ramuni from Centre for Cities discusses their High street recovery tracker to monitor how the high street has been affected by Covid and how it can be used to help the economy get back on its feet again.

By monitoring footfall in the city centres, Centre for Cities has analysed whether government policy has worked, where it has worked and try to fathom why it has worked in some areas and not others. Regional approaches may be needed when putting policies in place designed to get people back spending on the high street.

Lahari talks about the “role for local authorities in terms of curating the offer of high streets”, by making sure that they plan their high streets around what their residents want in order to ensure a successful, thriving high street.

Lahari also discusses how high streets may have to change after Covid has shown us that “the work from home experience has taught a lot of us that there’s parts of our jobs that are better done from the office,” but similarly, there are things that work better working from home.

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