Tag: regeneration

From William Morris’ Walthamstow, to John Ball’s Colchester: how placemakers are co-opting the dead (CityMetric)

Heritage has long been a hot topic in the UK, expressed both in the love for old buildings and in the business of regeneration. Less attention has been…

Building community resilience through co-creation (Interurban Lines)

George Monbiot wrote that bottom-up community activism could be one of the ideas that prevent the further decay of UK communities. What he was referring to is a…

Garden villages and groundhog days (Interurban Lines)

Garden villages or settlements are the latest wheeze by government aiming to solve the ‘housing crisis’. There have been six approved already; fourteen more announced this week, and…

Are micro homes an answer to the housing crisis? (Interurban Lines)

The statement ‘the UK is in the middle of a housing crisis’ has become a truism and something that is seemingly insurmountable. 19% of households are renting privately,…

Is not-London the new London (CityMetric)

The novelist AL Kennedy recently said that “being out of London is the new being in London”. Ironically we were both moving to the same place for largely the same…

Epping Forest and Butler’s Retreat (The Motherhood)

The ancient woodland that is now called Epping Forest once also covered the geographical areas of Hainault Forest and Waltham Forest, and was in fact called ‘The Forest…

The Castle Pub, E17 (The Motherhood)

Long before the regeneration bug took over the rest of Walthamstow, Walthamstow Village, or simply ‘the Village’, as it’s known locally, was a small oasis of boutique shops,…

Psychosocial relationships: William Morris, Walthamstow, and gentrification (Interurban Lines)

William Morris (1834-1896), noted designer and socialist, spent six years of his life, from the age of fourteen to twenty-two, in what is now the William Morris Gallery…

To preserve communities, not everything can be for sale (Interurban Lines)

London, if not the whole of the UK, is in the oft-noted, midst of a housing crisis. House prices and rents along with them have reached levels of…

The William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, E17 (East London Mums)

At first glance, the newly refurbished (in 2012) William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, East London, is an odd choice for a family-orientated review. The Gallery, dedicated to philanthropist…