Author Archives: Phoebe Griffith

About Phoebe Griffith

My work is as a writer and policy advisor. My interests are in the dynamics that make our increasingly complex, fast-paced, diverse cities work - from the emergence of new codes of civility in an age of invasive technology to the future of the developing world's mega-cities. I grew up in Lima (Peru) and am now bringing up a family in the heart of West London (UK).

The Urban Flaneur

We all know them: people who sit in the crowded carriage with loud bass thumping out of their earphones. A year ago I decided to observe and document my fellow travellers’ reactions. I can report that not once did anyone … Continue reading

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Starting from scratch

Nine years ago Cambourne was an empty field in the flat Cambridgeshire countryside. Today, the roads are filled with Mini estates in fashionable colours and mothers cycling to pick up their children from school. Birdsong and the smells of manure … Continue reading

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The Urban Flâneur

We all know them: people who sit in the crowded carriage with loud bass thumping out of their earphones. A month ago I decided to observe and document my fellow travellers’ reactions. I can report that not once did anyone … Continue reading

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Girl Trouble

Google incivility and you soon come across a portrait of a young girl sitting on the curb of a High Street, her mini skirt ridding up her thighs, her head in her hands, her friends nowhere to be seen. In … Continue reading

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Do we need to be the same to be civil?

  The stalls in Queen’s Market in Newham, officially London’s most diverse borough, sell the same noisy toys from China and counterfeit ‘Calvin’ jock straps found in markets around the world. The area has been globalising for centuries. By 2005 … Continue reading

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Have a grumble

The Young Foundation has launched a research project to find out whether the UK lives up to it’s international reputation for politeness and civility. To do this we need to record stories from the front line – have you have just had … Continue reading

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