‘Let’s talk about York…’

05 June 2019

The city of York is a beautiful place, with a global identity. #TalkYork is a project to find out everything that people who know York, think about the city. If you live in York, work in York, study in York, or visit York, please read on and find out how you can get involved with shaping the future of York.

Led by award-winning teams from HemingwayDesign, For the Love of Place and Creative Tourist and funded by Leeds City Region Business Rates Pool, we’re asking residents, visitors, businesses, students, and anyone with an opinion about York, to tell us what you think makes York special.


York has recently won awards from the Sunday Times who voted it ‘best place to live’ in the UK in 2018, and ‘best place to live’ in the North and North East of England in 2019.


On top of this, York boasts UNESCO ‘City of Media Arts’ status, being the UK’s first ‘gigabit city’, a Condé Nast ‘best city architecture, 2018’ award, best Christmas market in the UK, and ‘Britain’s favourite city’ (YouGov).


However, York has a challenging local economy:

  • even though residents are highly educated, weekly wages in the city are below average
  • young people and key workers often struggle to afford to live in the city
  • there are high levels of employment in the hospitality, retail and health and social care sectors, which pay less than the national average wage

Through this consultation, we hope to start to plan to rebalance the local economy, by attracting further inward investment.


Get involved with shaping the future of York by giving your feedback online, between 5 June and 9 July: https://bit.ly/2EbeNCP


If you can help us share the link more widely then please do using #talkyork

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