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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The people are the sunshine of the city
 Increase opportunities for safe, active travel with a larger network of cycle paths and footpaths.
TRANS RIGHTS!
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.
Cree y crea
More assistance that enables small businesses to open and flourish in empty shops/vacant spaces - especially those that prioritise creativity, community, and local economy.
Council to work towards an aesthetic litter-free Dundee across all postcodes, not just the seafront.
Be more friendly and kind. Have more neighbourhood activities and shop local to support small businesses
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
A scheme recognising the venues that actually pay and/or support local artists
Let's have a massive group snowball fight in the winter!
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
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.
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.
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!
art and culture orgs need to stop being cliques
Grants for small businesses/artist collectives to run pop-ups in empty shop units. Make it easy for artists to flourish.
more mutual aid organising
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.
A clean, green city that puts its people at the heart of decisions... fairness, equality, respect and creativity for all!
We need to continue to be kinder Dundonians - build community, friendships and infect the city with joy + hope!
More cycling friendly routes and connections throughout the WHOLE city.
A Food Culture that is healthy, based on local products and brings people together!
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.
HUGS. LOTS OF HUGS.
Environmental sustainability at the heart of every decision
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.
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!
Goodbye 9 til 5 Hello Flexibility
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.
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
Finish the train station. Clean up your dog poo. Pick up more litter. Ban the gulls.
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.
Take part in a guided history tour and learn interesting stuff.
Remote working means redistributing Big City Jobs to people in Dundee
Support local businesses and creatives. More creativity to enhance the spaces we live and work.
Appreciate the simple things in life: walks, nature, great views, kindness, family/friends, being creative and community
Keep shopping local - supporting local makers and producers and bakeries!
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
More cycle paths to encourage cycling for all
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.
Support people's use of outdoor space - make it inclusive and welcoming
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.
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!
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.
Stop the age limit to apprenticeships. Give everyone the opportunity to gain one.
Just like the #DundeeSunGlasses 😎 We should have #DundeeReuseableBags 👜 To cut plastic bag waste... since lockdown, plastic bag usage has shot up! ☹️ LETS THINK GREEN
Stop waiting for systemic change. Make change happen in your community now.
Resident's Parking Scheme!
Make more of our UNESCO City of Design status - have a design tsar to put design at the heart of everything the city does.
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 👏
Make Dundee Scotlands most innovative risk-taking cycle-friendly city!
Think climate first. Carbon emissions and wildlife.
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?
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.
Dancing in the streets
Raise the profile of local businesses and creatives to encourage people to shop locally.
The City Square for any DJ and live events. Possible drum and bass event outside.
Minimize the awful drugs per capita.
Better waste system. More recycling and greens bins, every house should have a designated one. More awareness about not littering. Keep the city clean.
Don't go back to the old 'normal'. Have a better work/life balance, spend time in the outdoors, appreciate family
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
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.
More usable outdoor space for indie businesses - less Wetherspoons!
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.
Meet everyone with a smile.
Further recognition of the contributions BIPoC have made to the City, and to actively celebrate them in Dundee's past, present and future.
More street art! So many blank doorways and walls which could be showcasing local art and history /culture.
More guerrilla gardens around the bottoms of street trees and waste spaces.
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.
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.
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
More social hubs. And more exposure for them.
Keep up the slower pace of life from the start of lockdown less rush, less stress
MORE PUBLIC ART OPPORTUNITIES
Make cycling and walking the easiest choice with safe, segregated, joined up routes.
Turn Wellgate into a mall dedicated to selling REPAIRED, RECYCLED & RESTORED secondhand bits and bobs
Keep being kind to one another. We've got a while to go yet.
Loving the murals and paintings- more please!
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 the City Quay into a hub for food, nightlife, vintage markets, artist studios. It's a fab location not fulfilling its full potential!
Give graduates a reason to stay in Dundee. A lot of our best and brightest graduates leave to work elsewhere!
Educate people about recycling and littering - organise shared pick up activities and training with incentives in Schools and across Communities.
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.
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.
Make the arts accessible for all Turn "that's not for me" into "that's now for me"
More space to cycle and walk, more events in public space and more wilderness in the city Get people outside and connected
A weekly market in the city centre for art, food and social connection!
CLEAN THE STREETS
Plant trees on Reform street, please.
More shops and better quality retail in the city centre.
decolonise dundee's cultural institutions
A CITY THAT TAKES MORE RISKS
Create an economy that values wellbeing, health, and the environment. Not GDP. Not unsustainable growth. Not exuberant wealth.
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
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.
house the homeless 🏠
Pick up your dog 💩
Invest in apprenticeships for young people and people who are unemployed and aged 40+ - create new work opportunities in trades that are always needed.
Less cars, more bikes and beer gardens!
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!
Make it easy for businesses to be creative.
More lockdown positives • Cycles, scooters and feet on the streets • Better air quality • More kindness • Letting our planet breathe • Reducing carbon emissions
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.
A central market for local artists to sell thier art
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.
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.
College courses for music and performing arts. Keep and foster talent in Dundee!
More cycling, more neighbourhood support, more dogs, more biodiversity. More appreciating family and friends. More love.
Build properly segregated cycle lanes so I can commute to town safely.
Business units in the arches under the rail bridge. Coffee shops /bakeries/galleries See Bristol for ideas 💡
NAE NAZIS IN DUNDEE
Genuinely support neurodiversity in education, employment, health, and all services and spaces.
We need a pumptrack to get more people riding on wheels.
Everything open past normal 'working hours'
Sustainability with Access and equality at the heart. More disabled,D/deaf And neurodiverse lead initiatives for disabled creatives
Our future is bright. We just have to grab it!
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.
Keep being green! Let wildlife in thrive again!
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.
Give more opportunities to unknown and upcoming local artists for commissions instead of the same people!
council support for the creative arts through cheap + subsidised studio spaces in buildings that are just sitting empty
More spaces needed for local artists and designers to show their work, indoors and outdoors!
Celebrate the selfless people who gave their time to make peoples lives that little bit less mundane in lockdown!
• 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
SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC AND (MORE) SPACES WHERE LIVE MUSIC HAPPENS
Develop community garden scheme in every area in Dundee planting food & vegetables. Brings the community together and provides healthy , locally grown food .
JOBS.
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!
More covered spaces outside where people can get together without getting rained on!
Fewer single-occupancy car journeys. And an infrastucture that encourages that.
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!
JAM & JUTE & JOURNALISM & JUSTICE
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.
Repopulate the city centre by converting commercial properties to good-quality, affordable homes for people of all ages.
More help for disadvantaged people instead of **** like this.