As I’ve said before I feel privileged to live in Nottingham, a wonderful, bright, vibrant and dynamic city. Nottingham is home to many creatives due to its great universities, central location and general pleasant atmosphere. Its a cool city and a lovely place to live.
The creative arts are well catered for, multiple excellent music venues, galleries and co-working spaces provide areas for expression. Nottingham is home to some great urban art. Graffiti artists produce some great quality stuff in this city, so why are the council trying to eradicate this form of expression?
Just over a year ago the leader of Nottingham City Council, John Collins announced the banning of legal graffiti sites. He referenced a 1982 article by social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling. The ‘Broken Windows Theory’ of norm setting and signalling that leads to social disorder and vandalism is often used by the establishment and has been subject to a large body of criticism. It has been criticised as being unsound and a largely unprovable. When tested, in general, the test has been inconclusive.
However the council have used this theory to ban legal sites and spend thousands painting over urban art on waste land in an attempt to sanitise the city. Money that potentially could have been spent in better ways, more youth engagement projects for example.
Graffiti is competitive by its nature and while I agree its not all good quality the bar would be raised over time if it was left. You need to make poor art to learn how to make great art. All forms of creativity are valid and precious, I just wish John Collins and Nottingham City Council understood that.
Well last week I posted this blog, basically it was the email I sent to Nottingham City Council regarding installing free city wide wifi. The blog has been re-tweeted and read a few times, I’ve had some good comments and conversations with peers regarding it as a concept. No contact from Nottingham City Council though.
I appreciate they are busy people, but it would be good to hear there view on it. I expect they are al tide up with the worrying Comprehensive Spending Review by the Government and how its going to impact the services they already offer, let alone thinking of taking on new ones.
I still think its a good idea and would help the local economy and education. It would be a positive move for Nottingham to become one of the first digital cities in the UK. Swindon is already on the case with their wireless internet for all (although it does sound like something fishy has gone on there).
Nottingham City Council we need this.
Hello Nottingham City Council,
First let me say how proud I am to live in Nottingham and that it has been voted as the least car dependent city in England. It is a lovely city to live in and there are many great things going on that enhance the quality of my family’s life. Thank you.
However a few improvements could be made. One of these would be free city wide WiFi, nothing amazing, just making sure that all city residents, businesses and visitors have access to the internet. As you already know it is proven that countries that have better education and access to sources of knowledge perform better than societies with out. Free WiFi would enable all homes with a computer to have access to knowledge. Children would be able to research the internet for their school work. Adults would be able to source information on services, competitive prices and have access to online banking for example.
Business in the city would flourish. The wireless net work enabling all business to build cheap/free websites, use social media and in the case of cafes provide work space for the continuing boom in independent working.
This would attract further investment in to the city for larger businesses looking to move out of the over crowded and expensive capitol and in to lower over head business spaces. This would provided further jobs and income generation in to the city.
It wouldn’t be expensive and a charge for higher speed services could be made. This free WiFi would enable Nottingham to be one of the first true digital cities in England and further enhance the already great quality of life.
I’ve sent the above as an email to Nottingham City Council