‘Bearing in mind we’re ordinary people, what we’ve done is magnificent.’
Hazel Tilley

This morning in The Guardian Aditya Chakrabortty has published an article he’s been working on with a group of us over the past couple of weeks. I’ve decided to link to the article from this blog so it can be included on here in the story of what’s been done in Granby over these last few years. Also because I think the interview process itself, the chance to reflect with such a skilled and interested visitor, has helped me, for one, to be able to see the story so far with an objectivity that wouldn’t otherwise have been possible.

Go here to read Aditya Chakrabortty’s article:
‘How one community beat the system and rebuilt their shattered streets’

The group of us interviewed are by no means everyone involved in Granby 4 Streets but we are all founding members of its community land trust. And being a part of all that has definitely been one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. Talking with Aditya has reminded me of this and I’m grateful that our story and reflections will now be read widely and might help other people in other places. Not necessarily by becoming a community land trust yourselves, I have my own doubts about them, but perhaps by seeing how we became a group of friends, who improvised pragmatically around what was possible over several years and have achieved, with help, more than we’d thought we ever could. It’s been great. And continues.

As well as the article there is also a podcast by one of us, Hazel Tilley, available here

Photographs above: Mark Waugh for the Guardian
Granby Street Market painting by Erika Rushton

These are part of Aditya Chakrabortty’s “The Alternatives” series considering different ways we could be running the economy and the country. 

Published by Ronnie

Writing about life, Liverpool and anything else that interests me. As well as working with others to make the world a fairer and kinder place: http://asenseofplace.com.

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  1. What a wonderful woman and a wonderful article. I’m sure these homes are a lot better built than any of the newer houses being built nowadays. It just needs people to love them once more

  2. I remember the neighbourhood so well from my teenage years mixing with friends there. It’s been heartbreaking to see the all too common decline of a proud community. Congratulations on Granby4Streets in coming up with a model for the future of similar communities in Liverpool and beyond. Thanks to the Guardian for promoting this life enhancing vision.

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