OK, I know it’s not original, but we jumped on the New Decade bandwagon to see where it would take us – but all from a local perspective.
We asked people in the street what they hoped for Southsea over the next ten years, p.40, and John Worsey interviewed Steve Pitt of Portsmouth City Council for his vision for the city, p.42. Elly Mitchell takes a light hearted look at ten restaurants ‘to help you kick start 2020 in style’, p.8.
I’ve got a good feeling about the next decade, even though I know we face some huge challenges, both internationally and as a city. Whenever I talk to people from all over town, they are always so positive and cheerful. We are a city that innovates and creates, read about The Festival of the Sea and a new app to tackle plastic waste, p.36. Or how retailers are seeing the closure of our department stores as an opportunity, p.32.
We live in a special place, and as a community, we can be a beacon of light to the rest of the country! Doing our bit to halt climate change, helping the homeless, tackling racism, giving our youngsters the best start in life… it’s a long list, but let’s give it a go. To paraphrase Jodi Picoult, “You just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in the future”. Bring on the 2020s.
Kevin John Dean
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