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New Cross forum project planning workshop

Here are some notes of what was discussed at our project planning workshop held in the beautiful Sanford Housing Co-op garden last Sunday. John Romanski of Planning Aid was facilitating the session and he will be writing up notes and a project plan in more detail shortly to help us. 850 more words

The New Cross Forum

Summer Bounty

Blackberries picked from public paths around Oxford.

Apparently it has been an inordinately hot summer here which has meant that the blackberries are ripe earlier than usual.   42 more words


Localism and the G Word

I just returned from a long weekend in Brooklyn. My visit inspired me to comment on the tensions between creativity and neighborhood change, and what those tensions mean for our investigation of localism.  818 more words

Makers Project

When an Indie Record Label Relocates to Your City

Independent record labels are usually products of thriving local music scenes. Sometimes, if the stars align, they reach a level of success and benefit their surrounding urban landscapes. 86 more words

The Hazards of Shopping Locally

Recently, these signs went up in the neighborhood, warning of ATM Skimming:

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They’re on just about every lamppost, in some areas. 107 more words

East Village

Labour and Rail Policy

So last week I wrote this piece http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2014/07/09/make-rail-regional/ on how I thought Labour should tackle the issues around rail policy that would answer the criticisms and wishes of the various interested parties, while at the same time getting to the nub of what really needs to be done. 83 more words


Bottom-Up Cat Herding

Professionals, such as those involved with local government, community development, social services and welfare, love to talk about ‘top-down and bottom-up approaches’. This is claimed to be done with the intention of encouraging others, including their own staff, to refrain from desk based planning. 443 more words