Regeneration is economic restructuring of city neighbourhoods through reinvestment in areas that have suffered downturn. Leeds Love It Share It used this context to explore how inner cities can adapt and respond to these rapidly changing times in innovative new ways. The main idea motivating our work was the conviction that there are untapped resources in neighbourhoods that can be mobilised for a different kind of regeneration.
The project looks at three areas: social networks, under-valued skills and under-utilised spaces. The primary focus was on mapping and recording these three themes in one pilot study area to look at how a better understanding of each theme, and their inter-relationships, can contribute to more sustainable and ethical development that is more bottom-up than top-down and builds on the assets that do exist.
Our pilot study took place in the neighbourhood of Richmond Hill, just to the east of Leeds city centre. Here we found many remarkable individuals and groups doing their best to enhance quality of life. They live in an area that has some thriving commercial and community activities but also many examples of under-used land and buildings people with remarkable skills who are connected into some networks and opportunities but many more who are missing out through disconnections.
- Potential for densification
- Potential for fine grain of improvements
- Potential for green infrastructure
- Potential for reconnecting and re-building trust
- Potential for repositioning perceptions