As the recent Save Leith Walk campaign showed to stunning effect, organised locals can make a difference.
But rather than starting from scratch each time a prospective new development comes along, local activists are now getting on the front foot with a longer-term approach.
They’re preparing to draw up principles which could guide how Leith (a description loosely used to describe an area from the Forth to London Road) preserves and progresses in ways which reflect residents’ own aspirations.
The future of the 5.9-acre former Royal Bank of Scotland site between Dundas Street and King George V Park has become a little clearer.
Representatives from developers Orion Capital and Ediston Real Estate, architects 10 Design, and planning consultants Turley gave a presentation to the New Town & Broughton Community Council at the start of this week, and held a public exhibition in Broughton St Mary’s Parish Church yesterday.