we need to write neighbourhood history in the same way we write bids for inward investment

We need to write the neighbourhood in the same way that we write the bid for big projects: thinking about the constituencies there, the culture, the history, the connections, networks, links, locally, regionally, nationally, internationally. 

There’s a history of democracy that we should have been tracing as we grew our economy following and bringing to life in these communities. We’ve created no go zones in areas where the majority of people are law abiding but have to put up with incredible hardship because they’re excluded.