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Street Parties, Hosting, and the Emergence of ‘Commoning’ on a Multi-ethnic Outer Estate

01 October 2019

It’s 9.30am on a Saturday morning in July, on the Firs and Bromford estate on the eastern edges of Birmingham. A white van pulls up next to a green square, not much more than the size of a couple of tennis courts, edged on all sides by semi-detached and terraced houses, and blocks of 3-floor maisonettes. Out of the van, a man in his mid-20s and an older woman extract a bouncy castle and a generator, which they begin setting up on the green. It’s not long before another car draws up, gazebos, bunting, a large water urn, games equipment and a giant Jenga set, among many other diverse items, packed tightly around its occupants.

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