Real regeneration is achieved through people power, and sometime back in the summer a group of us at Ash Sakula Architects decided that traders are the ‘rain and shine’ heroes; the stars of our public realm. We think conversation makes community, and that people make the public realm.
Leather Lane has definitely been shrinking and we want to reverse the trend. By lacing together shops and stalls in a common promotional push, we hope that local businesses will recognise their buying power as the right tool for injecting new energy into this 300 year old market.
The video is a single-shot film showing how much diversity is on offer at Leather Lane on a sunny autumn afternoon, from food, bags, clothes, accessories, designer coffee, fruit & veg, to dvds, book-binding, jewelry, and electronics. All of it coloured by the cries of sellers, and juicy snippets of conversation from passing punters.