We started by walking around the local community with a social historian and saw local landmarks like the very modern Healthy Living Centre with its community inspired art work and the world’s first digital Totem Pole! It gave me the chance to get a real understanding of the wider context of the work of the project and the community itself. It was great to see the way that the community, through art and creativity, were brought to life in the Health Living Centre. Walking through the area was an important reminder of some of the challenges that are faced by communities living in urban environments dissected with roads and planned for people rather than with people.
Professor James Mitchell, who was with us in Wester Hailes, and was a member of the Christie Commission has written thoughtfully about the visit. His comments are insightful so please take the time to read them.