The Lifeblood of a City: This Liverpool

A perfect public transport system? Run by and for the people? Some ideas. That was was good. Yesterday evening, sat talking down at Baltic Creative about the future of our city, this Liverpool. About good ideas, failed initiatives, big data, people and time. And as is my usual these days, what with studying its history […]

The Green They Only Get Around About Now

I seem to be feeling more than a bit reflective today, helped by the springtime. The trees turning that green they only get around about now, but which does happen each year. The reassurance of the new. That spring will come, whatever else we do, spring will come. And this spring day was a particular […]

Granby: The Winter Garden Opens

This was well done by all. On the first day of spring, under a perfect blue sky that we could all see through the glass roof, the Granby Winter Garden was opened. Then later on, much later, under a full spring moon, the Granby Winter Garden was still open. It was that magical sort of […]

In Granby: The Street Market returns

This Saturday, 2nd April, sees the return of Granby 4 Streets Market. Now in its seventh year, the market this year moves out onto its new home on Granby Street itself. We’re expecting Ducie Street, the last of the 4 Streets to go on site, to do so some time this summer. So we’re moving […]

How to do Social Housing: Part Two

Continuing the true story of Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust on site The second of two detailed parts of my story about exactly how to do social housing. Or at least, exactly how we’re doing it in Granby 4 Streets. Next morning I’m up well before the dawn reflecting on what’s just happened and have […]

How to do Social Housing: Part One

A true story of Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust on site.I want to tell you a story about social housing. A very detailed story (in two parts) about exactly how to do it. Or at least, exactly how we’re doing it in Granby 4 Streets. I want to tell you this story now because […]