It has just started to snow outside my study window. Hurrah! And various people in the building opposite are waving at me.
Which is cool, because not long ago they wouldn't have been able to do that. I'm on the staff team at St Thomas' church, based at the Philadelphia Campus off Infirmary Road. Its a post-industrial site we are slowly transforming. And the latest stage in the process has been the knocking-down of several buildings in the centre of the site, to create a green and open space. Last week the big diggers were ripping walls down at an incredible rate - real 'boys with (great big) toys' stuff. Now there's a few remaing bricks and a lot of earth, and swirling snow! Watch this space, as they say.
I've lived in S6 for over eight years now, first in Upperthorpe, now in Hillsborough (and in Broomhill, Sharrowvale and Hunters Bar for five years before living in S6), and the urban regeneration that has gone on has been great to watch. But almost all of it has been housing, including the new flats completed and going-up on both sides of Langsett Road this year. There are still too many boarded-up businesses between where I live and where I work from...but there are also hopeful signs of life. Watch this space, too.