Skylines, the CityMetric podcast
About This Show
Skylines is the podcast from the New Statesman's urbanism site. Every two weeks, Jonn Elledge, colleagues and guests discuss the politics & workings of cities and test their contention that maps are a great topic for radio.
Most Recent Episode
80. A local pound for local people
2 days ago
This week, we're talking urban economics – or why people who support the Bristol Pound might as well be voting for Donald Trump.
I'm joined, via a mildly crackly Skype connection, by Paul Swinney, mackem and head of policy at the Centre for Cities. He explains why local currencies like the Brixton Pound, which have been popping up of late, are basically just protectionism – and why the Preston Model of local procurement is no better.
From that we move on to what cities actually need to do to boost their economies – and why so much of it comes down to skills.
Skylines is the podcast from the New Statesman’s cities site, CityMetric. It’s hosted by Jonn Elledge.