Inside Europe | 14.06.2008 | 07:05
The first privatisation of a city centre in Britain
Say Liverpool to anyone and apart from the Beatles or the city’s football club, the first impression that might come to mind is of a hardworking English city built around industry. Liverpool is in fact this year’s European city of culture.
However not long ago its city centre was in need of regeneration. The problem for urban planners was the city council had no money to do it until a private developer stepped in to foot the bill. The result is Europe’s largest retail area, covering more than four square kilometres. But in exchange, the city of Liverpool has signed away what used to be public space.
Reporter: Lars Bevanger