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By Lisa McKenzie

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While the 1% rule, terrible neighbourhoods became the topic of public drawback and media scorn, blamed for society's ills. This certain ebook redresses the stability. Lisa Mckenzie lived at the St Ann’s property in Nottingham for greater than two decades. Her ‘insider’ prestige permits us to listen to the tales of its citizens, usually cautious of outsiders. St Ann's has been stigmatised as a spot the place gangs, weapons, medicinal drugs, unmarried moms and people unwilling or not able to make whatever in their lives stay. but during this related group we discover powerful, innovative, bold people who find themselves 'getting by', usually with humour and regardless of dealing with brutal austerity.

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Local authorities on tight budgets have since been accused of plagiarising modernist theories on urban renewal which often failed to understand the essential humanism behind Le Corbusier’s plans, and his would-be imitators led modernist architecture to being blamed for the problems of Western cities in the 1960s and 1970s. During this period the inner-city middle class moved out to the suburbs, 34 st ann’s, nottingham: a working-class story leaving the poorest whites and minority ethnic groups within their new concrete estates.

The lives and experiences of the history of women has traditionally been left out of depictions of working-class life, even though the women in St Ann’s are central to its identity, and the community’s sense of pride and resilience. The women in Sillitoe’s depiction of Nottingham in the 1950s are fairly passive, but Sillitoe does briefly, although without any real awareness, show the subtle resistances in the way working-class women resist their positions. Arthur Seaton often complains, even ‘hates the hard faced, grabbing women of Nottingham’, women ‘who you can’t be nice to … they won’t let you’.

However, this fictional piece of work is important to this contemporary narrative of council estate life: it traces a path of working-class life; it shows what effect living in poor conditions, working in physically demanding jobs, and having little expectation or opportunity has on communities, families and individuals. The narratives, and experiences, of those who live in St Ann’s during the 2000s is also a working-class story, although many of today’s residents talk of the difficulty of ‘finding work’.

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