Before I start another regeneration ramble, can someone please reassure me that this beauty
has not met the wrecking ball?!
I've spend the past few hours reading a thread about the old tenements on Yo Liverpool, then I looked at Google Earth and just felt sad imagining the vibrant communities that were destroyed to be replaced with suburban council estates of tiny, ugly houses or worse, left abandoned as wasteland and urban motorways (*ahem* Scotland Road)
Anyway, I visited Berlin last year and wandered around the inner city (both east and west) and I think their model would be a good one to follow.
Inner city Berlin is essentially one giant park filled with tenement buildings (and commie blocks in the east... but let's ignore those :lol
Aerial shot: http://binged.it/Jjq17c
Street View: http://stevetokar.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/berlin-lychener-strasse-1.jpg
I'd rebuilt all the destroyed neighbourhoods in Edge Hill, Vauxhall, Everton, Kensington and Toxteth with modern tenements on the Berlin model.
Areas where terraces are still in abundance (Anfield, Walton, Granby, Smithdown, Dingle, Kensington etc) would have the existing terraces refurbished and new terraces (in the same local style) constructed on the wasteland. Tancred Road in Anfield and Chimney Pot Park in Salford shows that these homes can be refurbished to a high standard. Existing residents would get grants to refurbish their homes with new windows, doors, rendering, insulation, solar panels etc. The local 'high streets' in these neighbourhoods would be regenerated with units refurbished/rebuilt to provide quality space for shops, pubs and other amenities.
A main focus of this regeneration would be to provide affordable homes to all people. It wouldn't just be 'council housing', it'd be mixed communities of all socio-economic groups.
The huge increase in density will require transport improvements so I propose a tram network covering the inner city and spreading out into the suburbs to Netherton, Kirkby, Stockbridge Village, Prescot, Woolton and the airport via Allerton.
I had a brief chat with Steve Radford the other day and we talked about how the council are forming their policy on self-build homes. I asked about the possibility of selling plots on brownfield sites (I asked specifically about Everton and Norris Green). He said it's something the Liberals are pushing for (and Labour are listening).
With that knowledge, I'd turn parts of Everton (the parkland and parts of the surroundings) into a proper park and sell relatively large plots of land inside to self-builders. I'd aim to make it the North End's equivalent of Sefton Park but filled with self-build homes instead of Victorian mansions.
I do believe that out of all my crackpot ideas (fantasies :lol
, this is probably the most sensible :nuts:
What do we think?