Exploring EC1

Update: I’ve started a Connections blog about EC1 linked to articles in the EC1 Echo. Topics include plans for a Business Improvement District in the City Culture Mile, and proposals for a community forum.

After a few years focussed on networks and network mapping, through the Networked City initiative, I’m now complementing that with a deeper exploration of how we can use geographic maps and other digital tools to engage with our neighbourhoods.

I live just south of Smithfield, so I’m concentrating on Clerkenwell to the north and on Farringdon. There’s lots happening in the Clerkenwell community – well documented by our community newspaper the EC1 Echo.

The City of London has established Culture Mile – running east and west through Smithfield – as its cultural zone, and there’s plans to move the meat market to Dagenham Dock. That won’t happen for a few years, but in the derelict western end of the market the Museum of London has started work on a major project to move from its current site on the edge of the Barbican.

All that prompted me to think about how to map past, present and future of the area. You can see work so far at Exploring EC1. I’ll report developments here, and on a blog linked to that.

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