Red or Dead re-read

    Red or Dead re-read

    Read my review of David Peace’s epic novel about Bill Shankly for The Tomkins Times “Peace’s style becomes a red machine, working to full effect. “There was no shelter from the word”, Peace says, describing the impact of the sound created by the Kop on the opposition.” Lots of smart comments and thoughtful reflections from [...]

    Why is Margate under-selling itself?

    Why is Margate under-selling itself?

    Read my article for the Thanet Gazette on why Margate needs to make visitors feel more welcome Arriving in Margate recently, I was reminded of how terribly the town under-sells all the great things it has to offer. It’s like a shop full of beautiful artefacts that you can’t see for the dust and peeling [...]

    Who killed neighbourhood renewal?

    Who killed neighbourhood renewal?

    Read my blog for New Start: ‘Who killed neighbourhood renewal in England?’ “In this, as in so much else, Gordon Brown’s spell at Number 10 was a grim fandango of trampling arrogance and stumbling ineptitude.” Photo by Gethyn Williams at George Orwell’s home on the isle of Jura

    Is this Anfield?

    Is this Anfield?

    Read my piece for The Anfield Wrap on the Anfield regeneration proposals The club and the council are trying to do something very ambitious at a time when people’s faith in regeneration has been tested to destruction. In places like Anfield, ‘regeneration’ isn’t a promise: it’s a threat. Photo taken by me in Liverpool  

     Playing into the populists’ hands

    Playing into the populists’ hands

    Read my piece for New Start on opposition to the cuts “Accepting their premise, that people on benefits are hopelessly dependent on the state and have no resourcefulness or resilience of their own, does a deep disservice to people living in poverty.” Photo taken by me under Devons Road rail bridge

    London: From Punk to Blair

    London: From Punk to Blair

    Read my review of London: From Punk to Blair for 3:AM Magazine ” London pigeons, like their human counterparts, are often accused by pigeons from elsewhere in the country of thinking the world begins and ends in the capital. The London pigeons don’t care. They know the other pigeons are really just jealous.”  

    What legacy for East London?

    What legacy for East London?

    Read my New Start blog on how to build a positive Olympic legacy for East London The blog was based on an interview with regeneration expert and placemaker Ian Freshwater (@theaquafresca), and was part of New Start’s special focus on East London You can also download Tom Smith’s (@_datasmith) thought-provoking opening prezi here Thanks to [...]

    Language, love and ski slopes

    Language, love and ski slopes

    Read my piece for New Start on ‘Love, urbanism and a deadly ski slope’ Why hasn’t the British urbanism moveent captured people’s imagination? Maybe it’s because we don’t talk enough about people’s feelings. The image is the ‘Bridge of Locks’ in Paris, taken by me

    Co-op neighbourhoods

    Co-op neighbourhoods

    Download my contribution (PDF) to the Co-op Council Network’s pamphlet Towards co-operative councils: empowering people to change their lives This is my contribution to a collection of essays, edited by Kitty Ussher and Steve Reed MP with a preface from Ed Miliband.

    Red or Dead re-read
    Red or Dead re-read

    Read my review of David Peace’s epic novel about Bill Shankly for The Tomkins Times “Peace’s style becomes a red machine, working to full effect. “There was no shelter from the word”, Peace says, describing the impact of the sound created by the Kop on the opposition.” Lots of smart comments and thoughtful reflections from [...]

    Why is Margate under-selling itself?
    Why is Margate under-selling itself?

    Read my article for the Thanet Gazette on why Margate needs to make visitors feel more welcome Arriving in Margate recently, I was reminded of how terribly the town under-sells all the great things it has to offer. It’s like a shop full of beautiful artefacts that you can’t see for the dust and peeling [...]

    Who killed neighbourhood renewal?
    Who killed neighbourhood renewal?

    Read my blog for New Start: ‘Who killed neighbourhood renewal in England?’ “In this, as in so much else, Gordon Brown’s spell at Number 10 was a grim fandango of trampling arrogance and stumbling ineptitude.” Photo by Gethyn Williams at George Orwell’s home on the isle of Jura

    Is this Anfield?
    Is this Anfield?

    Read my piece for The Anfield Wrap on the Anfield regeneration proposals The club and the council are trying to do something very ambitious at a time when people’s faith in regeneration has been tested to destruction. In places like Anfield, ‘regeneration’ isn’t a promise: it’s a threat. Photo taken by me in Liverpool  

    Playing into the populists’ hands
     Playing into the populists’ hands

    Read my piece for New Start on opposition to the cuts “Accepting their premise, that people on benefits are hopelessly dependent on the state and have no resourcefulness or resilience of their own, does a deep disservice to people living in poverty.” Photo taken by me under Devons Road rail bridge

    London: From Punk to Blair
    London: From Punk to Blair

    Read my review of London: From Punk to Blair for 3:AM Magazine ” London pigeons, like their human counterparts, are often accused by pigeons from elsewhere in the country of thinking the world begins and ends in the capital. The London pigeons don’t care. They know the other pigeons are really just jealous.”  

    What legacy for East London?
    What legacy for East London?

    Read my New Start blog on how to build a positive Olympic legacy for East London The blog was based on an interview with regeneration expert and placemaker Ian Freshwater (@theaquafresca), and was part of New Start’s special focus on East London You can also download Tom Smith’s (@_datasmith) thought-provoking opening prezi here Thanks to [...]

    Language, love and ski slopes
    Language, love and ski slopes

    Read my piece for New Start on ‘Love, urbanism and a deadly ski slope’ Why hasn’t the British urbanism moveent captured people’s imagination? Maybe it’s because we don’t talk enough about people’s feelings. The image is the ‘Bridge of Locks’ in Paris, taken by me

    Co-op neighbourhoods
    Co-op neighbourhoods

    Download my contribution (PDF) to the Co-op Council Network’s pamphlet Towards co-operative councils: empowering people to change their lives This is my contribution to a collection of essays, edited by Kitty Ussher and Steve Reed MP with a preface from Ed Miliband.

    Fractured London?
    Fractured London?

    Listen to the Podcast and read the slides from CityDiplo’s event on place-branding – “London – fractured identity or collection of neighbourhoods?” You can also check out Malcolm Allan’s (@MalkyAllan) write up of the main arguments and debate Photograph by me, taken in Whitechapel, East London

    Co-operating without crises
    Co-operating without crises

    “Co-operating without crises”, New Start, January 2012 Scarcity can also be the mother of inertia. For every example of creativity born of austerity, there are many examples of innovation being strangled at birth by low morale and lack of capacity”.

    Community is not enough
    Community is not enough

    Read my ‘expert verdict’ on urban development in 2012 – and my suggestions for making progress in 2013. “Society can’t just praise the poorest for their gumption, then leave them to fight against the tide.”