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The future of Leeds up for debate at Leeds Salon
Leeds Town Hall
Where is Leeds heading? The Leeds Salon want to know

The Leeds Salon has organised a discussion entitled What is the Future of Leeds?

The group state that after two decades of growth and change the city is at a crossroad and in search of direction and identity.

It claims other northern cities have had more investment and attention.

The salon says Leeds has not been a city of culture, hosted international athletic events, or renovated iconic buildings as cultural venues.

The salon feels that Leeds has been left behind. Some of the city's development and regeneration projects have stuttered just as the country's economy slowed.

You are invited to attend and have your say on the direction the city should take.

Shopping destination

Leeds skyscape
Leeds is still a destination for shoppers say Leeds Salon

Leeds is already established as a financial services centre and promotes its position as Yorkshire's shopping destination. But what else could the city do to maybe improve its artistic and cultural industries?

The discussion is expected to ask how Leeds could firmly secure its position as the economic hub of a large city-region.

Five speakers have been invited including Martin Dean of the Leeds Initiative.

Following a recent consultation the Leeds Initiative plan to publish their Vision for Leeds 2011 to 2030 during this year.

Challenging orthodoxies

Founded in 2009 the Leeds Salon is a discussion group hosting public debates on contemporary political, cultural and scientific issues with the aim of challenging some orthodoxies along the way.

The event is open to all on Wednesday, 23 February 2011.

In the Congreve Room, West Yorkshire Playhouse at 7pm, there is an entry fee.

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