"The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year."
John Foster Dulles
Town centres are dying. The economic crisis has highlighted the malaise. There are empty shops, as people head to the edge of town supermarket. Internet shopping replaces the trip to the store downtown. Prominent buildings once used for public functions such as town halls, post offices or churches stand empty too, as services have been rationalised or public attitudes have changed.
Planning Aid for Scotland, the independent and impartial organisation, working across Scotland to enable citizens to shape their communities and engage more effectively with planning, has launched a new initiative called Young Placemakers.