Tag Archives: Manchester

Manchester revisited: the familiar and the unfamiliar #2

Walking around the Northern Quarter, I was reminded of recent conversations I’ve had with dance artist-academics Vicky Hunter, Amy Voris and Emma Meehan and Natalie Garrett-Brown – about recognising and acknowledging our emotional connections to place(s). Vicky described how we … Continue reading

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Manchester revisited: the familiar and the unfamiliar #1

This next two posts are a photo document of my first walk around the city of Manchester after lock-down. From Piccadilly Station, through the Northern Quarter, back through the Piccadilly area. It was fascinating to walk around an area, that … Continue reading

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Agency, empowerment and the role of co-production when working with community groups #3

This is the last (for the time being) of three consecutive blog posts thinking around issues to do with co-production. I was particularly interested in Beth Perry’s presentation at this Jam and Justice event, where she identified that co-production might be … Continue reading

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Agency, empowerment and the role of co-production when working with community groups #2

This post is number two in a set of three posts on co-production. I attended an interesting event focussed on debating the values and principles underpinning co-production, ran by research group Jam and Justice earlier this year in Manchester. I was … Continue reading

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Agency, empowerment and the role of co-production when working with community groups #1

I’ve been thinking about co-production and discussing the subject with colleagues in the last year or so. I’m interested in individuals and communities (of place, interest or identity) having more agency in how their neighbourhoods are developed. This agency is … Continue reading

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Musings on Markets #4: How to find ways to solve issues of gentrification?

Following directly on from my previous post on street food and artisan markets – this post considers their relationship to the traditional market. These new food halls and artisan markets aren’t delivering what the traditional market does. They are considered by … Continue reading

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Musings on Markets #3: markets as destinations and social spaces

Over the last few years a new trend in markets has been very popular; artisan, craft and street food markets have been springing up in cities and towns across the country and in Europe. These are seen by those managing … Continue reading

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Exploring and photographing green space / green infrastructure Levenshulme #2

Here are few more photographs of my walk through Highfield Country Park at the New Year. Image credits: Sarah Spanton

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Exploring and photographing green space / green infrastructure in Levenshulme #1

At the New Year, I spent sometime further exploring my neighbourhood Levenshulme, Manchester – with a walk through Highfield Country Park, a local nature reserve.  This is a great example of a green space which volunteer group Friends of Highfield … Continue reading

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Levenshulme Close Up #1

Having become a resident of Levenshulme recently, I’m going to undertake series of blog posts over the next year or so, that look at the neighbourhood in close-up, in detail, at textures, patterns and surfaces. I saw these collages on … Continue reading

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