Two of the Trust's board members reflected recently on what makes a place attractive both to residents and visitors. This is an issue of particular importance for the Old Town of Edinburgh, where many feel that the Old Town as a place to live in is being gradually eroded by an increase in hotels, party flats, bars and cafes designed primarily to cater for visitors.

Sean Bradley discusses how recent studies of tourists shows that they want to experience what people who live there are doing and enjoying, not experiences or 'attractions' artificially created just for them.

Jim Johnson looks at a recent description of Milan, where people still live above shops and the shops cater for the needs of the residents in a tight, healthy urban economy.

Both essays provide much food for thought about how we would like to see the Old Town of Edinburgh developed - as a living, thriving core of an old city.