About Against BIDs

Against BIDs is a news blog taking a critical look at the increasing use of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to part-privatise our streets and public open spaces, and the increasing use of private security. The focus of this news blog is about BIDs in London, but we welcome contributions from elsewhere in the UK, Europe, the USA and worldwide. We are looking for authors to collaborate with this news blog. Please tell us about your anti-BID campaign by contacting us.

A brief history of BIDs

BIDs were first introduced in Canada and the United States in the 1970s but have spread to many English-speaking countries. There are over 1,000 BIDs in the USA. New York city has the most BIDs.

In the United Kingdom the Local Government Act 2003 allowed the creation of BIDs. BIDs in London include the New West End Company, Camden Town Unlimited, and InHolborn.

What’s wrong with BIDs?

BIDs take power away from neighbourhood community organisations and give it to large businesses. Small businesses also become marginalised by BIDs.

Business Improvement Districts on Wikipedia