The blog is for ‘People and places; cities, towns, neighbourhoods, estates, villages; sustainable city and living environments’. It supports ‘Campaigning for ‘our city’, for people places, for ‘good town”.
Author: Gordon Gibson, a South Wales based practising Urban Designer, lecturer and teacher, former Chartered Surveyor. Now writing up near 20 years of hands-on urban design practice, in and with communities and in the great cities of Prague and Johannesburg.
For over four months in 2009, and five months in 2011, I lived in Manhattan, New York, not ‘working’ in the conventional sense, but being a supportive ‘bampi’ to our daughter’s young family, with a glorious opportunity to enjoy the streets of her neighbourhood, experiencing the daily reality of life in the Upper East Side, and of Manhattan. That is where the blog begins.
It is a privilege both to experience again the joy of contributing to the early development of children and to observe and enjoy the city that so inspired Jane Jacobs for her book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. I recognise that my humble efforts are, in part, a homage to her.