“Newham? There’s nothing to see here!” It was apparent that for some of the people that I was talking to on a weekday, Newham was a transitional space, somewhere to pass through rather than stay.
Then I stumbled across Grassroots, after being drawn to a picturesque grass hill with beautiful window boxes and the only ray of sunshine in the vicinity.
Their project “It’s a Newham Thing” is an innovative enterprise. It aims to produce a picture of Newham that doesn’t necessarily involve remnants of the Olympic dream. Grassroots has contacted people who have a ‘history’ in Newham and are building a social map of the area. Take a look at their website where you can see the map and hear some stories from Newham residents.