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Sky Blue Black Vinyl Day

The sort of perfect day when no self respecting camera should be left in its bag. Fully charged up we go out, to a feast of colour and record shops.

First to Granby, a social call.

First to Granby, a social call.

But then all visits to Granby these last five years and more have been social visits. Where our conversations with each other have created the future.

A future now bursting into colour.

A future now bursting into colour.

So proud of our newly finished houses.

So proud of our newly finished Community Land Trust houses.

Particularly loving the yellow front door here.

Particularly loving the yellow front door here.

And don’t worry music fans, the Black Vinyl is coming later. Continue reading

The Quiet Days

Version 2We’ll come back to this image in a bit and what it might imply, but first let’s get out walking. On my own today, Sarah’s back at her funeral celebrant work.

I love the quiet days when Christmas has gone and today begins so sunny it would be just wrong not to take my camera out for a look round.

Along Ullet Road.

Along Ullet Road.

Where they had their street party just a few weeks ago.

Me - and Cumberland Avenue.

Me – and Cumberland Avenue.

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Granby 4 Streets – Open to the Future

This was another of our many big days now. First 5 Community Land Trust Houses  finished and open.DSC07461

And here are some of us who’ve helped this to happen: Joe Halligan, architect from Assemble, Tracey Gore of Steve Biko Housing, Lorna Mackie of the Nationwide Foundation, Eleanor Lee of Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust, Councillor Ann O’Byrne – Deputy Mayor of Liverpool – and me, also of the CLT.

To come and see us in Granby.

In Granby 4 Streets

At our Open Day on Monday 21st September.Open day

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The Great Street?

Cairns Street in Granby selected for possible ‘Great Street’ award.Great Street - 1

Unless you’ve been living under a stone or, even worse, not reading my blog posts, you’ll know that Assemble, the Granby 4 Streets architects have been nominated for the Turner Prize for their work with us. What might have escaped your notice is that we’ve also been nominated for something else. The Academy of Urbanism’s ‘Great Street’ award.

This award covers the UK and Ireland and award nominations are made by members of the Academy, not by representatives of the streets themselves. And awards given cover places, neighbourhoods and towns as well as the one for individual streets.

So we didn’t put in for it, but are of course delighted to have been picked. The two other streets up for it are Deptford High Street in London and Oliver Plunkett Street in Cork. And today the Academy of Urbanism judges arrived in Cairns Street to take a look around and meet some of the people we’ve all been working with in the 4 Streets these last few years.

And here they are.

And here they are.

Being welcomed to Cairns Street by Erika Rushton, Chair of the Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust.

Being welcomed to Cairns Street by Erika Rushton, Chair of the Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust.

Erika talked about the ways local people have been literally ‘repossessing’ these 4 streets over the last few years, amplifying some of the points we’d made in the brochure (above) that we’d prepared for the day. Continue reading

Street Market Garden

A good, warm Street Market in Granby today. Full of friends and conversations. So I didn’t take as many photographs as I usually would, too busy talking! Anyway, here they are – minus donkey rides, as they’d already finished for the day before I ambled round with my camera.

All sorts of creatures are here.

All sorts of creatures are here.

Though mostly human.

Though mostly human.

Lots of food.

Lots of food.

Bikes being fixed.

Bikes being fixed.

On a sunny day in Liverpool 8.

On a sunny day in Liverpool 8.

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Liverpool Urban Renaissance

A reflection on where we are – and how it all feels at the moment, particularly in Granby.

Renaissance - 1A few weeks ago I wrote emotionally on here about the how tos and joys and frustrations of urban renaissance. Of being involved in bringing new life back to places long condemned to death by the vicissitudes of time and public policies.

“There is no one method. And even when you all make one up and decide what you want to do and how you want to do it to get to where most of you want to go in your place, it will change by the day depending on how you are all feeling:

  • Some days those of you who are ‘good at the detail’ won’t be able to be bothered with ‘all that crap’
  • And those of you who are ‘always able to see the best in everyone’ will sometimes think just the opposite of that and will find you’ve just let everyone know in no uncertain terms.
  • Other days life will happen and the thing you’ve planned, dreamed of and applied for competently and confidently will be knocked back for no good reason you’re going to be able to see that day.
  • Or more than a few of us will have forgotten to put on our superhero suits on the same day and so stand revealed as the fragile, maybe tired and sometimes even lonely human beings we in fact are.

Because that’s all we are and that’s what we are and that’s the whole of what we are. And what’s wrong with that? It’s complicated and we are all of us only learning. But now and then and gradually over time, and all of us together in all of this, we might get somewhere. We might see some improvement.”

Then since writing that I’ve been relatively quiet on this blog, because life has turned out to be exactly as described above.

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Street of the Year? Cairns Street in Granby.

 

Granby resident Hazel Tilley being interviewd about the Street of the Year nomination by Jessica Robbins of BBC Radio Merseyside.

Granby resident Hazel Tilley being interviewd about the Street of the Year nomination by Jessica Robbins of BBC Radio Merseyside.

Good news today in this press release issued jointly by Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust and Liverpool City Council

Cairns Street in Granby, this week.

Cairns Street in Granby, this week.

Coming soon after Granby 4 Streets architects Assemble being nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize for their work in Granby is the news that one of the 4 Streets, Cairns Street, has now been nominated as one of the streets up for the ‘Street of the Year’ award.

This award is given by the Academy of Urbanism, covering the UK and Ireland and award nominations are made by members of the Academy, not by representatives of the streets themselves. Awards given cover places, neighbourhoods and towns as well as the one for individual streets.

Cairns Street resident Hazel Tilley, part of the Community Land Trust currently working with other partners in the City to renovate the 150 formerly empty houses in the four remaining original Granby streets says:

‘I’m delighted that Cairns Street has been nominated for this, which is not to take anything away from the good work being done in the other three Granby streets. But if this recognition helps with what we’re all trying to do here, and I think it will, then I’m all for it.’

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