Recent years have seen the emergence of two inter-related strands of work in the field of English-speaking urban studies. The first has centred on re-thinking notions of place along relational lines. The second centres on re-thinking what an attention to the city in the world might mean for understanding the arriving at and the making-up of urban policy. Taking its cue from the intersection of these two strands, this paper explores the forging of Edinburgh’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) policy. It highlights the means through which those in the city drew upon experiences from elsewhere, both relatively close and far, in assembling the policy and the particular “local” politics over its translation/adoption/failed introduction. It argues for an approach to urban policy mobility studies, which is sensitive both to the ephemeral, indeterminate and open-ended ways in which policies are arrived at and made up and the segmented and structured contexts that inform how policies appear and reappear in multiple locations.