Reimagine Dundee.
What needs to
happen next?

We are living through extraordinary times. Reimagining our city’s future needs to involve us all. We Dundee is here to put the voices of people at the heart of that conversation.

The global Covid-19 crisis has shaped our experiences. The responses below are what people wanted to happen next. The things they would hold on to and what they would radically change for now and for our future generations.

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Wildlife needs to be prioritised more. Already with the ease of lockdown long grass and flowers have been mown, which had previously been great spots for pollinators. This needs to change.
TRANS RIGHTS!
Aim for a circular economy. Both us and our +Dundee Council: work out ways to re-use and re-cycle better, abolish single-use. Do it. Cherish our world.
Make the city square into a social area with cafes/ outside eating as they do in most European cities. Have far more outdoor seating for cafes and bars throughout the city and cultural areas.
Keep being kind to one another. We've got a while to go yet.
Finish the train station. Clean up your dog poo. Pick up more litter. Ban the gulls.
Build properly segregated cycle lanes so I can commute to town safely.
The people are the sunshine of the city
Pedestrianise Reform St. Turn the road into outdoor seating for cafes & music nights. Set up benches, turf & flower beds to create nice seating or family play areas.
In a healthy cultural ecosystem, each tier of creative production plays a crucial role in the overall ecology and supports one another accordingly. Everything is interconnected & interdependent. MC
Environmental sustainability at the heart of every decision
A weekly market in the city centre for art, food and social connection!
Be more friendly and kind. Have more neighbourhood activities and shop local to support small businesses
Lets be a bike city with slower roads. Lets see the city from our saddles. Lets share our car parks with bike parks lets feel the wind in our hair!
Retain the small positives of Covid-19: Keep Union Street car-free. Allow other streets to join in. Create more cycle lanes. Force cars into the multi-storeys.
Make it easy for businesses to be creative.
Remember that the city is more than just the City Centre. The surrounding areas are in dire economic and social troubles with much of the expenditure offering no solutions to those people.
Be anti-racist Be anti-homophobic Be anti-ableist Be anti-transphobic Be anti-classist. The list goes on. We need to be actively fighting for everybody in Dundee, not just people we can see.
Encourage local people to move back into the city centre and halt the constant development of suburbs that promote car use and prevent the heart of Dundee from becoming a lively place day and night.
Plant trees on Reform street, please.
Develop community garden scheme in every area in Dundee planting food & vegetables. Brings the community together and provides healthy , locally grown food .
I would love to see the wildness on the sides of the roads & parks remain.....and maybe even creep a bit further into built up areas.
JOBS.
Meet everyone with a smile.
Better use of outdoor spaces! Pedestrianised roads with outdoor seating for cafes, restaurants and pubs (with awnings and heaters for chilly days) taking priority over cars.
College courses for music and performing arts. Keep and foster talent in Dundee!
Fewer single-occupancy car journeys. And an infrastucture that encourages that.
JAM & JUTE & JOURNALISM & JUSTICE
Repopulate the city centre by converting commercial properties to good-quality, affordable homes for people of all ages.
More shops and better quality retail in the city centre.
Cafes should stay open until later so that people can have more options of places to hang out later in the day other than bars. Alcohol culture is not for everyone.
decolonise dundee's cultural institutions
Dancing in the streets
Engage the schemes in the cultural development of Dundee. Art of the people, by the people & for the people. Make the regeneration more than a regeneration of the waterfront.
DUNDEE, TILL I SEE U NEXT I NEED TO SAY A FEW THINGS... DON'T BE AFRAID OF CHANGE. U HAVE A VOICE. USE IT. CURIOSITY IS A SUPERPOWER. WASH UR HANDS. WEAR A MASK. DON'T BE A DICK. LUV U PAL.
A central market for local artists to sell thier art
Use the band stand at Magdalen Green, regularly, for performances by local artists. (with a distancing audience) Especially young people and those who aren't already performing professionally.
HUGS. LOTS OF HUGS.
Give graduates a reason to stay in Dundee. A lot of our best and brightest graduates leave to work elsewhere!
Let's have a massive group snowball fight in the winter!
More help for disadvantaged people instead of **** like this.
house the homeless 🏠
more mutual aid organising
We need a pumptrack to get more people riding on wheels.
Develop the creative industries within Dundee. For a city that has two universities with numerous art and design courses, we are lacking in jobs and opportunities within the creative industries.
Loving the murals and paintings- more please!
Support people's use of outdoor space - make it inclusive and welcoming
Resident's Parking Scheme!
A CITY THAT TAKES MORE RISKS
The design community in Dundee feels so cliquey. Why do all Dundee projects seem to go to the same people over and over, when there are a diverse range of DJCAD students desperate for opportunities?
More spaces needed for local artists and designers to show their work, indoors and outdoors!
Create an economy that values wellbeing, health, and the environment. Not GDP. Not unsustainable growth. Not exuberant wealth.
Educate people about recycling and littering - organise shared pick up activities and training with incentives in Schools and across Communities.
Collbarative effort to try and reduce the amount of litter in the city and surrounding areas. Local authority, education providers and local media could all be involved.
Pedestranise city centre, bikes, empty shops into artists studios, libraries & affordable housing in town, small business not big chains, decent exhibits at V&A, local musicians Mary slessor gardens
Make Dundee Scotlands most innovative risk-taking cycle-friendly city!
Remote working means redistributing Big City Jobs to people in Dundee
More street art! So many blank doorways and walls which could be showcasing local art and history /culture.
Appreciate the simple things in life: walks, nature, great views, kindness, family/friends, being creative and community
Cafes & shops open later More outdoor seating for bars and restaurants Small independant businesses, artists and designers being able to rent (or get help to rent) empty shop units in the city centre
Genuinely support neurodiversity in education, employment, health, and all services and spaces.
Turn Wellgate into a mall dedicated to selling REPAIRED, RECYCLED & RESTORED secondhand bits and bobs
Support local businesses and creatives. More creativity to enhance the spaces we live and work.
Make cycling and walking the easiest choice with safe, segregated, joined up routes.
NAE NAZIS IN DUNDEE
More lockdown positives • Cycles, scooters and feet on the streets • Better air quality • More kindness • Letting our planet breathe • Reducing carbon emissions
Our future is bright. We just have to grab it!
Minimize the awful drugs per capita.
Grants for small businesses/artist collectives to run pop-ups in empty shop units. Make it easy for artists to flourish.
Make more of our UNESCO City of Design status - have a design tsar to put design at the heart of everything the city does.
Raise the profile of local businesses and creatives to encourage people to shop locally.
More covered spaces outside where people can get together without getting rained on!
More guerrilla gardens around the bottoms of street trees and waste spaces.
Keep up the slower pace of life from the start of lockdown less rush, less stress
Stop building offices which block the view of the V&A; Stop building apartments which block the view of the Tay; Start promoting Dundee's burgeoning art scene and harnessing it's natural beauty!
Council to work towards an aesthetic litter-free Dundee across all postcodes, not just the seafront.
MORE PUBLIC ART OPPORTUNITIES
Less cars, more bikes and beer gardens!
This is not a good way to find out what people need. People who are struggling to survive will not be filling out frilly websites. Please support Dundee's efforts to run Peoples Assemblies
More assistance that enables small businesses to open and flourish in empty shops/vacant spaces - especially those that prioritise creativity, community, and local economy.
More cycling friendly routes and connections throughout the WHOLE city.
More cycle paths to encourage cycling for all
Outdoor community groups, choirs in the park, plays in the wee ampitheatre. Proper cycle lanes - ALL OVER. Would love more independent shops, selling local produce.
Invest in apprenticeships for young people and people who are unemployed and aged 40+ - create new work opportunities in trades that are always needed.
We need to continue to be kinder Dundonians - build community, friendships and infect the city with joy + hope!
Homes for everyone. Quirky little shops.Wildflower planting. No drug problems. Regular family events, Farm shops selling their own produce.More Murals. Bike lanes. No cars in city centre.
A bigger conversation about mental health and suicide prevention. Bring young people together to talk about how best to tackle this city's overwhelming mental health problem.
Further recognition of the contributions BIPoC have made to the City, and to actively celebrate them in Dundee's past, present and future.
Don't go back to the old 'normal'. Have a better work/life balance, spend time in the outdoors, appreciate family
Better waste system. More recycling and greens bins, every house should have a designated one. More awareness about not littering. Keep the city clean.
Everything open past normal 'working hours'
We've learnt to appreciate what matters-good company, creativity and the outdoors. Recovery needs an emphasis on our oneness with each other, with creation and creativity will help this.
Convert* unused land for growing food to feed our city. Retrofit* empty office blocks for affordable housing. Re-purpose* vacant retail spaces for creative learning. *= Rewarding careers.
Culture 👏 jobs 👏 that 👏 pay 👏 enough 👏 to 👏 live 👏 on 👏
More cycling, more neighbourhood support, more dogs, more biodiversity. More appreciating family and friends. More love.
More space to cycle and walk, more events in public space and more wilderness in the city Get people outside and connected
Keep shopping local - supporting local makers and producers and bakeries!
Stop the age limit to apprenticeships. Give everyone the opportunity to gain one.
Stop waiting for systemic change. Make change happen in your community now.
More usable outdoor space for indie businesses - less Wetherspoons!
Restore Dundee street festival. Use all our green spaces esp Camperdown & Slessor Gardens for outdoor markets and family friendly events/ festivals Drop business rates to rejuvenate city centre areas
Turn the City Quay into a hub for food, nightlife, vintage markets, artist studios. It's a fab location not fulfilling its full potential!
A clean, green city that puts its people at the heart of decisions... fairness, equality, respect and creativity for all!
Take part in a guided history tour and learn interesting stuff.
I'd like to see new connections created between folk who live and work in Dundee and those who live work in the rural areas that surround the City so that we can build a truely local green recovery.
Turn one of the empty buildings in the city centre into an affordable co-working space. This would provide remote workers with somewhere to work effectively, and bring more footfall into the city.
Think climate first. Carbon emissions and wildlife.
Let's create more outside spaces for pavement bars & cafés. Let's close some streets, widen pavements & encourage local businesses & artists to collaborate to make those spaces incredible!
Sustainable food -produced and cooked locally. Events that small children can participate in at a safe distance. Information and support for flexi- and home schooling.
join a union
Alternatives to the pubs! Incentives for small businesses to take up empty lots in the city centre, inc workshops & places to learn a new skill as well as late night coffee shops.
More support for small local businesses Popups in empty retail units A visitor information centre outside the train station instead of empty units City wide festival of culture
council support for the creative arts through cheap + subsidised studio spaces in buildings that are just sitting empty
Small grants for people with drying lawns to put a greenhouse & invest in planters, compost etc. Future proof post-Brexit food shortages, give people the power to grow their own!
Bringing back all the wonderful events that make Dundee. Flower and Food Festival, bonfire night, Easter in Camperdown, New Year in Town, Events in Slessor Gardens, Christmas in City Centre! Fun
Support local businesses! Organise weekly food markets! Give space for outdoor sitting cafes, bars etc! More green in the city! Help students settle, find a place to live and a job in Dundee!
The City Square for any DJ and live events. Possible drum and bass event outside.
Give more opportunities to unknown and upcoming local artists for commissions instead of the same people!
Celebrate the selfless people who gave their time to make peoples lives that little bit less mundane in lockdown!
More social hubs. And more exposure for them.
Keep being green! Let wildlife in thrive again!
Goodbye 9 til 5 Hello Flexibility
 Increase opportunities for safe, active travel with a larger network of cycle paths and footpaths.
Just like the #DundeeSunGlasses 😎 We should have #DundeeReuseableBags 👜 To cut plastic bag waste... since lockdown, plastic bag usage has shot up! ☹️ LETS THINK GREEN
Business units in the arches under the rail bridge. Coffee shops /bakeries/galleries See Bristol for ideas 💡
A Food Culture that is healthy, based on local products and brings people together!
More low-cost housing in the city! New builds lately are all so-called luxury apartments... it's not "luxury" if they're built to the same standard as any modern home, it's just overpriced!
SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC AND (MORE) SPACES WHERE LIVE MUSIC HAPPENS
Stop shaming people for being on benefits/universal credit. If we want universal basic income we have to first remove the stigma around receiving state support, especially on a long-term basis.
Pick up your dog 💩
CLEAN THE STREETS
Sustainability with Access and equality at the heart. More disabled,D/deaf And neurodiverse lead initiatives for disabled creatives
Be more Doughnut. Meet the needs of everyone within the means of the planet.
Just because it's the way it's always been done, doesn't mean it's right. We need to work together to challenge and change the systems that restrict and maniupulate us.
Cree y crea
Make the arts accessible for all Turn "that's not for me" into "that's now for me"
A scheme recognising the venues that actually pay and/or support local artists
• Good cycling infrastructure making it a safe viable option • Re-think streets to allocate more space to non-car users • Proper supports that prioritise local business vs multinationals
art and culture orgs need to stop being cliques