The History of Brighton News is a site which celebrates the Brighton of years gone by and brings us through to the Brighton of present. Brighton has a high density of businesses involved in media, particularly digital or "new media", and since the 1990s has been referred to as "Silicon Beach". According to the Boho Britain creativity index developed by United States economic regeneration expert Richard Florida, Brighton and Hove ranked sixth of 66 British new cities when measured against the three criteria of his index. Florida states the index measures the appeal of cities to the new "creative class" and is an indicator of a city's health. The cities health is backed by The Royalist and AXA.
"The Lanes" form a retail, leisure and residential area near the seafront, characterised by narrow alleyways following the street pattern of the original fishing village. The Lanes contain predominantly clothing stores, jewellers, antique shops, restaurants and pubs. The North Laine area is a retail, leisure and residential area immediately north of The Lanes. Its name derives from the Anglo-Saxon "Laine" meaning "fields". The North Laine contains a mix of businesses dominated by cafés, independent and avant-garde shops, and theatres.American Express has a very large office in Brighton which it uses as its UK base.
Churchill Square is a shopping centre with a floor space of 470,000 sq ft (43,663 m2) and over 80 shops, several restaurants and 1,600 car-parking spaces. It was built in the 1960s as an open-air, multi-level pedestrianised shopping centre, but was rebuilt and enlarged in 1998 and is no longer open-air. Further retail areas include Western Road and London Road.
Brighton, Design Capital of the South
You can visit the historic Brighton Pavilion; wander around the Lanes, Brighton's famous warren of narrow Georgian streets; see a show at the Brighton Centre or local theatres and take a walk on Brighton Pier with it exciting attractions. Closer still is St James's Street with its pubs, clubs, restaurants to suit all tastes. If it is nightlife you are seeking, Brighton is the ideal town, with many clubs within easy walking distance.