Leeds has a self-starting, enterprising culture that makes it home to numerous social organisations, from Europe's first Carribean carnival to the UK's first affordable cohousing project. Here's 10 of the best in the city:
Leeds Archives - Page 5 of 5 - NewStart
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Leeds Council and Leeds city region launched a partnership to explore how the region's economic growth can be spread more fairly. Josh Stott analyses its progress.
Under the current system, public transport investment will not result in the type of transformation the north is looking for, in part because such a high percentage of transport spend ends up as corporate profits. We can do better, in part by incorporating ideas and ideals from local economics.
It may even be that the very success of Leeds has concentrated the poverty, raised property prices, made home ownership more difficult, entrenched the difficulties of Bradford next door – the closest we get in the UK to the disastrous pattern in the US cities where success is twinned with failure next door, St Louis and East St Louis, Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey.
I’ve spent the last ten years as a co-operative property developer.
In the current environment, we need to seek local solutions to local problems, develop new pathways into work to ensure that services can respond to multiple needs.
Headingley is a complex area. A report by Sheffield Hallam University - Changing UK: The Way We Live Now concluded that Headingley had the highest 'anomie index' (effectively, the weakest community bonds) in England.
Complex social problems require a range of creative solutions. No one organisation, no one sector, is able to solve the problem. But perhaps that’s where we can help – raising awareness of the issue, gathering people together to explore ideas for tackling it – and then getting behind people who want to create change.