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TOWN CENTRES COULD BORROW IDEAS FROM DISNEY

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City centres need to compete with out of town shopping by becoming attractive and entertaining, BBC Radio Four's To...
City centres need to compete with out of town shopping by becoming attractive and entertaining, BBC Radio Four's Today programme heard this morning.

The Association of Town Centre Management conference in London today will discuss city centre issues.

Nick Nolan, member of Coventry City Council, told Today that Coventry was tackling the problem of its ageing city centre by encouraging a '24-hour economy'. Shopping is important but cities have to survive by offering 'something more than just buying the cornflakes,' Mr Nolan said.

Richard Bradley, president of the International Down Town Association in Washington, told Today that US cities were 'taking lessons from Disney' in managing town centres.
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