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Future of Cities

Too often, journalism focuses on problems, not solutions.

That’s why the Bristol Cable has always prioritised solutions journalism. And now with new funding from the European Journalism Centre, we will be able to investigate solutions to our city’s problems over the next year.

Bristol faces the same challenges as other cities: housing insecurity, food and fuel poverty, and unequal access to healthcare, education and transport networks. With more and more people living in cities, we need to find solutions for sustainable development. And perhaps more importantly, they need to be shared.

How can we develop cities fit for the future?

This is the question we will try to answer. The Future of Cities series will clearly set out problems our city is facing, uncover solutions from other cities and amplify grassroots solutions being pioneered closer to home, putting the people working on these solutions at the heart of the stories. To explore these solutions we will engage with experts and local communities, so there will be ways for you to get involved.

Below are the three topics that we will be focusing on, starting with how we organise space – from housing to the built environment and access to nature.

Want more solutions for Bristol?

Reporting on solutions to Bristol’s biggest problems is expensive.

We won funding to explore how to make this important work viable for a local paper like the Cable! But to keep doing it, we need funding that won’t run out: monthly-paying membership.

Becoming a member, and encouraging others to join, means we can continue investigating solutions for Bristol into the future.

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Our new Future of Cities series explained

How do we build cities fit for the future and rebuilt trust in the media? Our new project exploring solutions to the major problems facing cities, from Bristol and beyond.

Help us find housing solutions of the future

After years of reporting on Bristol's housing crisis, we're going to be digging into solutions to it. And we need your help!

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Have your say: What issues does Bristol most urgently need solutions to?

We're going to be investigating how we can develop cities fit for the future. Fill out this short survey to take part in this exciting new project that we hope can make a real difference to the city.

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Reporting that finds solutions to our biggest problems is time consuming and expensive. 

The Future of Cities project is funded by the European Journalism Centre’s Solutions Journalism Accelerator, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

We’ve been awarded funding to explore how to make this important work viable for a local paper like the Cable! But to continue this work, we need more readers to become members. 

Becoming a member, and encouraging others to join, will give us the time and space to investigate solutions that could transform Bristol.

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