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2050 Edinburgh City Vision

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Throughout its history, Edinburgh has been a city of innovation and change.

The last 30 years have been no different. In the early 1980s Edinburgh was a city with population in decline, facing a changing economy and significant social health challenges.

In 2017, we are a successful city where population is growing more quickly than any other major city in the UK, and whose strong economy and quality of life is recognised across the world.

With this vibrancy and growth come many challenges. Whether it is in increased inequality and pockets of severe deprivation, or in increased pressure on our city infrastructure and environment, we know that the city needs to adapt and change again.

Read the Edinburgh 2050 Blog >

In 2016, the city of Edinburgh began a conversation about its future to create a vision for 2050: what priorities should the vision include and how might they be delivered.

During the first year of the city vision conversation, we have spoken to thousands of stakeholders in the city – in community halls and schools, in board rooms and conference centres. Online, through our website and on Twitter, we received hundreds of ideas, each expressing part of a vision for what Edinburgh could be in 2050. From this feedback, it has been possible to create the themes of the city vision – core values, some of which are aspirations for tomorrow, some are key strengths today.

Emerging themes

The feedback so far has been summarised into four emerging themes, revealing that residents, businesses and organisations in the Capital want Edinburgh to be an ‘inspired, connected, fair and thriving city’ in 2050. Our ‘One Year On’ document has further detail on the themes.

The vision will continue to develop over time as more people are involved, and as we progress our action areas. The themes themselves may alter with national or global pressures, or as the needs and ambitions of the city’s stakeholders change.

Join the conversation

To help us build this vision for Edinburgh, tell us about your vision for:

- Edinburgh’s people: you, your family and your community
- Edinburgh’s economy: your job, your business and your money
- Edinburgh’s environment: your home, your street and your planet

Be part of the conversation - give us your answer to three simple questions:

- What is great about Edinburgh as a city in 2017?
- What could be better?
- What should Edinburgh be like in 2050?

Tell us now at

Background information

Edinburgh: A Changing City - overview of the city’s demographic growth and changes, 1980s to 2000s

A timeline of change: Edinburgh 1984-2016 >

For the latest news, posts and contributions from a variety of Edinburgh people on their vision for Edinburgh, read the #Edinburgh2050 blog >