Published: 19th Oct 2016

In 2011 London started its Play Streets journey. Using existing legislation, residents of a street could come together and agree with their council a time slot to close their street to through traffic. Typically three hours long and often on a Sunday afternoon or perhaps Friday after the school week, children were free to explore tarmac that until then had been the preserve of anonymous passers-by sitting in their cars. And thus a micro community was born: children discovered other children on their own street, building links which often developed into fully fledged friendships with follow up house-to-house visits. Adults too discovered neighbours who became true neighbours, colleagues and friends. A street came to life and even if all too briefly closed the friendship bonds endured and built the streets’ social capital. More social events and more looking out for each other and the children of the street emerged. Now … (To read the full article, subscribe below)