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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, December 27, 2004
    Liverpool Regeneration - who benefits?

    James Jones, the Bishop of Liverpool, ... said he was continually being offered the chance to sit on various quangoes with between £5000 and £12,000 for the privilege, while local people were being excluded. The Bishop who has since resigned as the chair of Kensington regeneration board, told the national regeneration magazine 'Newstart', "So, it is alright to pay professional regenerators - day trippers who leave at the end of the day and get £50,000 a year - whereas the people who live there, the people with all the local knowledge and the daily skills of survival, get nothing".

    - from the latest online issue of Nerve. Meanwhile I'm gearing up for what promises to be a fascinating debate in the New Year as Urbis and Will Alsop ask What if the North became one city? Alsop's exhibition and related events could just end up being another excuse for regeneration pros to waffle on together; but might instead, hopefully, provoke a genuine public conversation...