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A century of urban economic change

A look at how UK city economies have changed over the last 100 years, and what they need to do to succeed in the next 100.

Centre for Cities

on 4 March 2015

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Transcript of A century of urban economic change

A century of urban economic change
revolution to
Cities then...
A century
of change
Cities in flux...
100 years of jobs growth
The replicators
Those cities that continue to specialise in routinised activity over knowledge-based jobs, tend to have struggling economies.
the course of
Policy for the 21st century
The reinventors
of the smartest
Cities now...
the odds
Manchester's revival
All change
Read the full report at:
The geography of knowledge
Some cities have been more successful than others in supporting new knowledge-based businesses. This map shows the picture in 2013
Not all cities are stuck on one path. In the middle of the 20th century, Manchester experienced a major decline, but during the 80s the city was reinvented by redeveloping neglected city centre buildings, creating attractive office space. This resulted in a surge of knowledge-based jobs helping it to go from replicator, to reinventor.
Cities' ability to create jobs over the last century has varied. This map shows job change from 1911- 2013.
The challenge for cities
To maintain their momentum, cities over the last century needed to replace jobs in declining industries for jobs in new, knowledge-based areas.
Those cities that were able to transform into knowledge-based economies tend to benefit from stronger growth.
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