|Name||Granby Four Street|
|Sector||Urban Regeneration, Community Land Trust, Community building|
|Year of beginning||2010|
|Object||Since the 80s the area of Granby Street, once a lively high street at the centre of Liverpool’s most racially and ethnically diverse community, has been in a state of neglect, with many shops closing, building being abandoned and residents facing higher unemployment and lack of services.
The residents established the Granby Residents Association in 1993, with the aim of preventing the demolition of the remaining Victorian houses, and of rebuilding the community. Since 2010, when the demolition project was stopped, resident groups began to work to transform the neighborhood in a better place where to live. Over two decades they cleared, planted, painted, and campaigned in order to reclaim their streets.
In 2011 they entered an innovative form of community land ownership, the Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust (CLT) with the intention of bringing empty homes back into use as affordable housing. The CLT worked together with the London-based collective Assemble (that already developed numerous regeneration and temporary re-use projects around the country) to present a new sustainable vision of the neighborhood, involving refurbishment of housing, public space and the provision of new work and enterprise opportunities. The group has been able to gain the City Council support and to involve housing associations in the projects.
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