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Walking with Municipal Dreams

From LFC to Eldon Grove, talking history, housing and the beauty of hills.
DSC03239I’m on my way to meet John Boughton, renowned blogger as ‘Municipal Dreams’ and his partner Michele Grant, to go walking.

As usual in Anfield I get off the 27 bus at the top end of Oakfield Road.

As usual in Anfield I get off the 27 bus at the top end of Oakfield Road.

To see just how big the new stand is looking.

To see just how big the new stand is looking.

I meet John and Michele at the Shankly Statue as arranged.

I meet John and Michele at the Shankly Statue as arranged.

They live in London and have done for many years, but Michele grew up here in Liverpool. Continue reading

In North Liverpool: At Rotunda

A brilliant place for looking up from your life.

A brilliant place for looking up from your life.

When I told a friend I’d been to Rotunda he’d never heard of them. “What is it?” he said “What do they do?” I took a deep breath and said roughly this:

“Basically they’re a community led place that’s there to improvise whatever help’s needed around whoever comes through their Kirkdale door. Alternative education for the young, adult education, counselling, legal advice, loads of community stuff, a business centre, a café that’s also a history resource, a nursery, a gorgeous garden round the side & a big space out the front for events – plus advocacy for the future of North Liverpool. From a beautiful row of Georgian houses on Great Mersey Street. Oh and they’ve also got their own folly.”

In case you know as much about Rotunda as my friend I’ll tell you how to get there.

You could get the 27 like me to the bottom of Everton Valley.

You could get the 27 bus  like me to the bottom of Everton Valley.

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No photos?

Are our public places being made private by stealth? One of them is acting like it has.

Down the Brow past where John F Kennedy Heights used to be.

Down the Brow past where John F Kennedy Heights used to be.

To the new Greatie.

To the new Greatie.

It’s been the ‘new’ Greatie since it was moved into its compund a year ago. I came to visit on its opening day. Today will turn out to be my final visit here. You’ll find out why soon. Continue reading

In Everton: The New Precinct

These are the end days for the new precinct. Born in the 1960s, in the ‘city of change and challenge’ the new precinct on Great Homer Street is almost ready to leave us now.

But once upon a time there were such dreams dreamed for here.

But once upon a time there were such dreams dreamed for here.

Clean lines, elegant walkways. New lives full of possibilities.

Clean lines, elegant walkways. New lives full of possibilities and stories?

But now the new precinct is to be replaced by a new 'new precinct'

But now the new precinct is to be replaced by a new ‘new precinct’

The second time in my lifetime there’s been a ‘new precinct’ built here. On Great Homer Street. The street of Homer, the great story-teller. Continue reading

Inspecting Liverpool, part two

So, continuing my Sunday walk this week. It’s a beautiful, sunny day. And having walked to the Bold Street Festival, through Granby, Canning and down the hill from Hope Street, now I’m outside St George’s Hall.

Waiting for the 19 bus to take me to North Liverpool.

Waiting for the 19 bus to take me to North Liverpool.

I get off at Walton Lane and walk along Bullens Road to the first place I want to see.

Diana Street, Walton.

Diana Street, Walton.

This is the street of my earliest memories. We lived in two different shared houses here until I was three years old. I don’t remember any cars then, back in the 1950s. People like us just didn’t have them. But I do remember standing in the front window sometimes and watching thousands and thousands of people walk past the house.

Because at this end of the street is Goodison Park, the ground of Everton Football Club.

Because at this end of the street is Goodison Park, the ground of Everton Football Club.

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