Welcome to the July 2012 issue of the Place Bulletin. With Summer seemingly over before it has begun, what better way to forget the damp weather than by catching up on the latest hot place management related news!? This month we have news on the latest efforts to improve the planning system and support sustainable development. We have news of Eric Pickles’ attempts to improve and revive Britain’s markets with the help of a former contestant from the Apprentice, and we have further news from ATCM concerning the Portas Pilot scheme. In addition, we have an interesting BBC article which looks at what is, perhaps, the UK’s most gentrified street. Finally, we have a piece on new rules intended to ensure greater town hall transparency, and a piece on the legacy of the London Olympics, which is now only a few short weeks away.