How to Cure Small Town Blues, BBC Radio 4 Analysis, 26/02/24

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Middlesbrough, in the north-east, is one of the most deprived towns in England. Once a steel and shipbuilding powerhouse, its fortunes changed when those industries closed down. Today, the town that Gladstone described as “an infant Hercules” faces a precarious future. David Baker, who grew up in Middlesbrough in the 1970s, returns to his hometown to ask what can be done to revive its fortunes and what Middlesbrough can teach us about regenerating small, postindustrial towns elsewhere in the UK.


Urban regeneration

Period26 Feb 2024

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Media contributions

  • TitleAnalysis, BBC Radio 4
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletAnalysis, BBC4
    Media typeRadio
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionHow to Cure Small Town Blues
    PersonsNatasha Vall