Does West Leeds have the loneliest street in the city?
A project aimed at getting neighbours talking to each other wants to hear from people who don’t know their neighbours and wish their street was a bit friendlier.
A highlight of this year’s biennial Compass Festival in Leeds is Would Like To Meet, which is being put together by artist and broadcaster Scottee.
Taking place between 16-24 November, events are entirely free to the public.
After 30 years of living on a council estate and moving into a terraced house, for the first time Scottee has found himself isolated from his neighbours.
Responding to this he has created Would Like to Meet – a simple but bold approach to addressing urban isolation. Scottee will work with one residential road in Leeds and ask those who live there about the sort of people they would like to meet.
He will then place estate agent style placards outside each house, encouraging neighbours to kick start conversations with each other, to find shared values and hobbies.
A project spokesperson said:
“Commissioned by Compass Festival, Scottee will work with the street, aiming to get folk talking, saying hello and hopefully turning the loneliest street in Leeds into the happiest street in the city!”
To nominate your street, e-mail your name, postcode, a few words about why you think your street could do with being a bit more neighbourly to firstname.lastname@example.org.