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John P. Houghton
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'A memory of what is possible'.

The legacy report for the Urban Forum for charity I co-chaired has been launched today. Reflecting on what we achieved and posing questions for the future of the community sector.

You can read it here:

http://vcsalchemist.com/2016/03/30/what-does-the-urban-forum-legacy-report-mean-for-the-community-sector/
We’re delighted to announce that the Urban Forum legacy report A Memory of What is Possible 1994-2014 is now available. Urban Forum closed in 2014 and this report is partly a historical recor…
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Durham (and evirons) today. 
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A look back on 2014 and my five wishes for 2015. My final New Start blog of the year.

Thoughts and comments welcome.

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" Liverpool were like fittingly ‘mad’ contenders in the wacky races. An odd charabanc of a vehicle, pulling crazy manoeuvres to jump ahead of more-expensively assembled opponents.

By the end of the season run-in we looked more and more like a smoothly-oiled Monster Truck, ploughing over eleven opponents in a row. The problem was the lack of spare parts..."

My review of  "Liverpool FC 2013/14 Season In Review: Poetry In Motion" is up at The Tomkins Times:

http://tomkinstimes.com/2014/06/book-review-201314-season-in-review/
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'Fessing up at the Festival

My latest New Start magazine blog is online.

"The ‘Sharing sh*t practice’ session at the Re:Fest UK Festival of Regeneration is an open invitation to discuss another taboo by-product of our humanity – our regeneration failures, mistakes and misjudgements."

http://newstartmag.co.uk/your-blogs/fessing-up-at-the-festival/

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"The reason I am doing it in Liverpool is simple - there is more talent in Huyton than there is in Hoxton. London is musically dead and Liverpool is still alive."

Alan McGee, of Oasis / Creation fame, on his new venture:

http://www.peterguy.merseyblogs.co.uk/2013/07/alan-mcgee-launches-liverpool.html
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‘Democracy squared’.

My review of @ZedBooks’ ‘Common Space’ for @3ammagazine is online:

http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/democracy-squared/

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Just dispatched my review of 'Common Space: The City as Commons'.

http://zedbooks.co.uk/node/22698

Will post the link when it's up.

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"Twelve takeaways from the Regen 2014 conference".

Only the fittest cities will survive and why the Liverpool-Manchester 'Atlantic Gateway' might rival London according to Michael Heseltine.

My latest New Start blog:

http://newstartmag.co.uk/your-blogs/twelve-takeaways-from-regen-2014/
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'Oi Labour - leave those LEPs alone'.

My @NewStartMag blog:

http://newstartmag.co.uk/your-blogs/oi-labour-leave-those-leps-alone/

Comments, thoughts welcome.
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“I like the Yugsolavs,” Bill told the gentlemen of the press … “Mussolini tried to frighten them, Hitler tried to frighten to them. And Stalin, in his turn, tried to do the same. They all failed. Now it’s up to Liverpool Football Club”.

My review of 'Red or Dead', David Peace's novel about Bill Shankly has been published by The Tomkins Times.

Have a read and let me know what you think:

http://tomkinstimes.com/2013/10/bill-got-up-bill-walked-bill-walked-alone/
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New on Met Lines Tumblr: 'A job half done and half abandoned'.

My obituary for neighbourhood renewal: http://metlines.tumblr.com/
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    Principal Consultant, 2006 - present
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Consultant, activist and writer on cities, housing and regeneration. Consultant @sharedintel. Blogger @newstartmag.Trustee @urbanforum.
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    English Literature, 1996 - 1999
  • Goldsmiths College
    MA British Politics, 2002 - 2004
  • University of Minnesota
    Fulbright scholarship, 2005 - 2006
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