Where do you live? The council are currently conducting an on-line survey that asks people to name the neighbourhood where they live, in an attempt to better understand the “natural neighbourhoods” of the city.
These are neighbourhoods named by the people who live in them – as opposed to government bureaucrats, or academic geographers.
According to officials the information from the survey will be used to try to put together a map of these “natural neighbourhoods,” that will help “to improve the Council’s understanding of customers, our measurement of outcomes and enable closer working with our partners.”
Thus if you believe you actually live in Newhaven, Hillside, Calton, Abbeyhill or Restalrig and resent being lumped in with the Leithers (although it’s hard to think why that might be…) then now is your chance to set the council straight. Conversely, most people also know that there are plenty of other Edinburgh residents who prefer to think of themselves as Leithers – even when they live outside the historic burgh boundaries.
Since launching the survey, officials have got in touch to say that they’re particularly keen to gather more survey reports from the Leith area, as the neighbourhood identities in this part of town are so complicated.
There are only two questions in the survey. One asking for your postcode, and one for the name of the place where you live. You can find it here.
When the survey is complete officials have indicated that they’ll be willing to publish the results as open data, so hopefully it will be possible to publish the final map here. Then, finally, it might become possible to lay to rest the old chesnut of where Leith starts and the rest of Edinburgh stops.
But probably not.