As council budgets remain tight, but demand for public services increases, it is timely to look at
alternatives to simplistic and often crude cuts. It is no longer sustainable to believe that we can square
this circle by simply thinning out ever decreasing resources. Radical new approaches to address the
demand side of the public services equation are needed.
In Park Life, Street Life: Managing demand in the public realm we look at alternative options to simplistic cuts by exploring whether there is greater scope to address demand side issues by applying behaviour change tools and techniques in a public service environment. We also explore how local residents, businesses and community groups can become powerful actors within our public realm, helping to secure not just volunteer hours but access to funding streams, and playing an active role in the management of local spaces.