This is the first of a number of blogs from John P. Houghton on IPPR North’s new report ‘Love thy neighbourhood – people and place in social reform’. A few months ago, on this blog, we discussed the value of talking about our emotions when discussing the places where we live and work. Inspired by the audience questioning at a Glass-house debate in Liverpool, I argued that we should talk more about love, about how places make us feel, to avoid regurgitating the lifeless register of place-making jargon. So I was pleasantly surprised by the title of IPPR North’s latest publication: ‘Love thy neighbourhood – people and place in social reform’. I was on the advisory group for the report and chipped in a few ideas, so I was familiar with the overall thrust of the conclusions, but I didn’t anticipate the name. The report is the latest in the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
John P. Houghton is a freelance public policy consultant.
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