Amazingly, it's now 20 years since the birth of BURA. It all began in the dog days of the Thatcher years, and the first BURA president was the wonderful (and I'm delighted to say, still with us) Patrick Jenkin, the then-secretary of state for the DTI and president of the board of trade (a tall and elegant president if ever you saw one) so we've seen a few cycles in regeneration thinking...
Now at 20, we're celebrating - big style - but we are certainly not resting on any laurels. As this blog has rehearsed, ad nauseam, the environment out there for regeneration is harsher than it has ever been.
But birthdays are a time for joy and jubilation!
So we're marking our own Big Birthday with a special event that will look both backwards and forwards, reviewing the last two decades and looking long and hard at what regeneration might look like in the next decade.
We will be examining the policies of the three parties who might influence it, and, naturally, voicing our own opinions (we're a gobby lot!) and those of our wide network of experts and commentators (and, I am thrilled to report, our very own Damian Wild (editor of Estates Gazette) will be a key part of this quest for knowledge).