City centres need to be family friendly

If an old friend asks you for advice on gambling their life savings, it concentrates the mind. "You know about urban development," she tells me. "Should I get my money out of these boring investment bonds into a buy-to-rent apartment?" "I'm not really your person," I protest. But half-flattered and anxious to help, I point her to Tom Bloxham's Urban Splash website.

by Sir Peter Hall, professor of planning at the Bartlett School ofPlanning, University College London. Email:

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