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CABE urges Plymouth to recreate itself as 'iconic city'

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CABE has challenged a major southern city to build or improve 50 public spaces to turn it from dereliction into an 'iconic city'. Chief executive Jon Rouse said Plymouth should prioritise the public realm as a 'premium legacy to the Queen's Golden Jubilee'. He told last week's Urban Plymouth conference to improve or build 50 public spaces such as parks and piazzas in the next five years.

The city enjoyed an amazing run of development until the 1950s and virtually nothing since, he told the RIBA South West conference. Yet its potential was fantastic, with a sweeping bay, brilliant waterfront and plenty of land.

'Plymouth is one of the opportunity cities for the next 10 years. It is one of the largest cities on the south coast, is run down, degraded and could be turned into an iconic city. It is make or break time for the area, ' Rouse said.

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