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Next Soapbox Session - Our Unique City

Posted on 6 Sep 2019 by Lucy

The next Soapbox session in the Our Unique City project takes place on Wednesday 11 September 2019 at the Macdonald Road Library between 5:30pm – 7:45pam.

On the theme of “The Heritage City” we want to hear your thoughts, concerns and ideas about the city’s architectural and landscape heritage, its local areas, and its changing face of retail and High Streets.

The event will be hosted by Professor Cliff Hague, the Cockburn Chairman and internationally respected Town Planner.  Micro-presentations will be made to generate discussion from guests including Justine Gordon-Smith, an award winning documentary film maker, who is completing a research by practice PhD called: Old Town Tales - ( The Commodification of Place and it's Altering Values).

The report Our Unique City can be found on the earler blog or use the following link to download a copy - - we hope to see you on Wednesday!


Booking via Eventbrite – It’s free but it helps us manage numbers!



Edinburgh’s historic townscape is the main reason why visitors come to the city.  Tourism is an important sector generating jobs and income, but has it got out of hand?  Are the Festivals too large?  Are residents increasingly alienated in their own city for much of the year?  Are you concerned about the commercialisation of Edinburgh public parks and streets or is this simply the price that we have to pay for being A Heritage City.

The future of the city is in the balance. 

Our Unique City is a Cockburn Association initiative, aimed to help to inform and trigger discussion amongst citizens and stakeholders about the future of our city, generating evidence and ideas for the planning and management of development.

The past quarter century has seen considerable growth in Edinburgh – in population, tourism and festivals, commercial development, public transport networks and higher education, but also in congestion, air pollution, housing pressure, and commercialisation of open space. During that same period, the ethos and culture of the Scottish planning system and its application in Edinburgh has also changed. Ironically, while the rhetoric of “sustainability” has become ubiquitous, short-termism and prioritisation of private commercial interests have called the tune.