Look at Your City: The power of 10 and the power of the perch

14th October 2017 Five of us undertook to Look at York, spending time in a variety of the city’s public spaces and trying to work out what was going on. To set the scene for our walk we looked at the Project for Public Spaces Power of 10: ‘The idea behind this concept is that … Read moreLook at Your City: The power of 10 and the power of the perch

Challenges: Ownership and Values

In the fourth and final of our Challenges events we looked at ownership and values. In the My Castle Gateway draft brief the following was expressed: People want to be able to: Shop at independent shops or visit independent cafes or restaurants Develop small and independent businesses Not have to spend money – a place … Read moreChallenges: Ownership and Values

My Castle Gateway Stage Two: Working with issues as tools

By Phil Bixby Having done a large number of different public events – guided walkabouts in day and night, meetings, photography walks and events with local partners – we frequently get asked “how is this going to affect what actually happens?” Firstly, the Open draft brief we produced – which drew out the themes from … Read moreMy Castle Gateway Stage Two: Working with issues as tools

A Longer Term View: Economics, Prosperity and the York Castle Gateway Project

As part of the My Castle Gateway process we have invited people to contribute in any way they’d like, from adding a post it on a walk or social media post through to recording a You Tube video. This also extends – for those that like writing – to contributing a blog to our website. … Read moreA Longer Term View: Economics, Prosperity and the York Castle Gateway Project

How are people using York’s public spaces?

By Phil Bixby and Helen Graham Last Saturday – as part of the Looking at Your City walk – we spoke to people spending time in various parts of York. We explored a variety of different types of public spaces in York – Museum Gardens, St Helen’s Square, St Sampson’s Square, Shambles Market food court … Read moreHow are people using York’s public spaces?

Not easy on foot: Fishergate to Bishopthorpe Road via Castle Gateway

By Susan Major In Step 2 My Castle Gateway process we’re seeking to address key challenges that arise from our Draft Brief. The aim is to understand the issues better so we can refine the brief and openly address disagreements and tensions. Below is a blog by Susan Major who took part in our Public … Read moreNot easy on foot: Fishergate to Bishopthorpe Road via Castle Gateway

My Castle Gateway: The Power of the Dark Side

By Gareth Wilce, Senior Communications Manager for Economy and Place, City of York Council   Two brave groups of York residents stayed up past their bed-time one Wednesday in August for possibly the most different event of this very different approach to public engagement.    For those of you who don’t know, My Castle Gateway … Read moreMy Castle Gateway: The Power of the Dark Side

Open Draft / Castle Gateway: What matters about the area to the people who use it? What would they like to do there in the future?

Introduction: Welcome to the open draft of the My Castle Gateway Brief. Drawing on the My Castle Gateway events, interviews and online archive of public contributions, we focus on what matters to people about the area and what they’d like to be able to do there. This document will inform the Masterplanners working on the … Read moreOpen Draft / Castle Gateway: What matters about the area to the people who use it? What would they like to do there in the future?