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High Street of the Future – what could it look like?

Published: 25 May 2022

High Street of the Future Exeter High Street

There’s still time to book tickets for a free event exploring the future of Exeter’s High Street.

The first of two engaging and insightful evenings exploring what communities will need in a High Street of the future takes place on Thursday 26 May from 6pm to 7:30pm at the site of the old Gap store in Exeter’s High Street.

The event is part of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum’s ‘RAMM About Town’ initiative. Another evening is also planned for Thursday 9 June.

A series of speakers will explore what Exeter’s High Street could look like in the future.

Karime Hassan, Chief Executive & Growth Director of Exeter City Council, will explain the work being done to realise a more healthy, sustainable and exclusive city.

Frazer Osment, Director of LDA Design, will talk about the Liveable Exeter vision and how this is intended to ensure Exeter develops as a greener, low carbon and equitable place.

Mark Davy, Founder and CEO of Future City will discuss City of Culture and how the public and private sectors might work together, giving examples, of Future City’s work around the world.

Ann Hunter, Business Improvement District Manager, InExeter, is set to highlight the importance of businesses working together to create a destination high street and In Exeter’s involvement in achieving that for the city.

At the second event on 9 June, Ian Collinson, Director of City Development at Exeter City Council, will explore the theme of How does being a ‘Garden City’ help shape the future of the high street?  Ian will discuss how Liveable will provide a vibrant mix of uses, which will add vitality to the high street along with walkable and wheel able streets and high quality public spaces with room for nature and trees.

Des Fitzgerald, Sociologist of Science and Medicine at Exeter University will present his views on the idea of green and healthy cities and how ideas of a green city often come from quite a reactionary place.

John Marker, of Co-Create, will discuss opportunities that have arisen from a post-internet High Street.

Both events are free but ticketed. To book tickets and find out more go to RAMM website at:

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