The LOOPER (Learning Loops in the Public Realm) project is about learning together and trying out ways to make things better in the public areas of a neighbourhood (all of the areas that are open to everyone). These areas include parks and public buildings, as well as streets and other paths through the neighbourhood. These public areas are very important for the life of a community. They are also sometimes a source of conflict when people disagree about what should happen in a particular area and how other people should behave there.
During the next two years LOOPER project participants from the Brunswick neighbourhood and the University of Manchester will move through learning loops together. At each stage we will try out new tools and learn new things, which will guide the next steps. We hope that this will all lead to positive change in the Brunswick neighbourhood based on the ideas of people who live here.
Brunswick residents who have participated in the process to date have expressed concerns about the following issues: air quality; traffic volume and safety; improving community spaces; greening the neighbourhood; and feeling safe and secure.