Leeds is getting back on its feet after being hit by floods during the Christmas period, but what can the crisis teach the city about its levels of community and economic resilience?
February 2016 - NewStart In Leeds
The Leeds Poverty Truth Challenge launched in 2014 and brought together people living in poverty – testifiers – with civic and business leaders. Over a year they met regularly to confront and challenge issues around inequality that exist in the city. Here a testifier and council officer talk about the experience:
As Leeds recovers from the Christmas floods and braces itself for further economic shocks, chief executive of Leeds Council Tom Riordan talks to New Start about resilience, compassion and trying not to emulate London
Leeds has a self-starting, enterprising culture that makes it home to numerous social organisations, from Europe’s first Carribean carnival to the UK’s first affordable cohousing project. Here’s 10 of the best in the city:
Social problems cannot be fixed by one agent, but need collective creativity at the local level. In Leeds, Social Business Brokers has been focusing the energy of the city on empty homes
Co-housing developments are built around community and sustainability but can they also be affordable? Susan Downer visits Lilac in Leeds to find out.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Leeds Council and Leeds city region launched a partnership to explore how the region’s economic growth can be spread more fairly. Josh Stott analyses its progress.
Under the current system, public transport investment will not result in the type of transformation the north is looking for, in part because such a high percentage of transport spend ends up as corporate profits. We can do better, in part by incorporating ideas and ideals from local economics.
It may even be that the very success of Leeds has concentrated the poverty, raised property prices, made home ownership more difficult, entrenched the difficulties of Bradford next door – the closest we get in the UK to the disastrous pattern in the US cities where success is twinned with failure next door, St Louis and East St Louis, Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey.
I’ve spent the last ten years as a co-operative property developer. Spot the building, see its potential social use (sometimes see the social need and spot the building), form the co-op, build the support, do a share issue, raise the rest of the finance, develop the building and the business with the members, then move on after three or four years, leaving the Community Benefit Society in control.