When Revolutionary Arts hit the road for the Pop Up People action research project, we found that many of the people saving Britain’s town centres by filling empty shops were women. They were juggling their role as a guerilla urbanist with family, or another job, or a handful of other community projects.
Queen of the High Street is a blog, plain and simple. It’s crowdsourced, so invites people to write honestly about the women working on Britain’s high streets, and how they’re finding dozens of innovative ways to tackle the problems facing town centres. It’s an antidote to the experts and gurus, and shows that the important work is at street level. It gives a little bit of love back to some unsung heroes. So far it’s featured everything, from students and shopkeepers, to community organisers and cowgirls. Know somebody doing good things? It’s an ongoing project and you can contribute here.