A podcast of the talk I gave at the Legatum Institute recently is now online.
You'll hear me standing up for the suburbs and championing the innovation and creativity in the places we live - suburbs like Ealing and Acton. I think it's time to take the suburbs seriously again.
The term ‘suburbia’ is often used pejoratively, and portrayed as such in popular culture: it is a place presumed to be boring, conformist, uniform, where nothing ever happens, the antithesis of everything thought to be good about the city.
However eight out of ten people are now based in the suburbs and I believe they should be proud of it. It’s time to take the suburbs seriously — they have turned into something unrecognisable from the stereotype and are instead an environment where innovations are nurtured.