Bigger Thinking for Small Cities (PDF link) a new discussion paper from a consortium of smaller cities in the East of England. Also available is their initial November 2009 discussion paper (PDF link). One of the common sense suggestions…

“the creation of “functional cultural areas”. The areas would be defined by the distances people travel to work and the ways in which businesses cluster together. Re-drawing boundaries in this way would allow councils to form pooled cultural services teams and to engage in more joint commissioning.”

“Functional areas for culture should be factored into emerging plans for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).”