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Edition 39

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Leeds has an ambition to be the best city in the UK.

This weekly news bulletin offers a quick round up of what's happening on social media.

Long-term focus has benefits beyond expectations

Smart tech benefits housing – as well as complementing health, community and financial initiatives for people. That's the concise message of a film on Leeds by the government.

Read more on ABCD in Leeds and Assisted Living Leeds – including updates on the latter.

Follow Twitter leading voices on sustainable infrastructure @leedsbestcityuk lists.

Strong economy, compassionate city

This news report offers a frank, revealing insight on Leeds' social inequality – and what the city is doing about it.

Graphic says: Leeds to host major international growth programme.

Find your place

Businesses can find new premises in Leeds with an online database of offices, retail and industrial units. Newcomers Channel 4, meanwhile, are advertising local jobs.



Get Set Leeds looks to get people more active.

Moving stories

Armley Road is the busiest stretch of Bradford-Leeds Cycle Superhighway, which is celebrating more than one million recorded trips.

In other travel news, Elland Road park and ride is expanding, Transport for the North has plans and these UK figures makes interesting reading.

Branch out

Trees cut carbon markedly, a University of Leeds report shows. Imagine then what up to two million trees – via the city's flood alleviation scheme – can do.

Elsewhere, the transformation of Claypit Lane, illustrates what is happening with Leeds Our Spaces.



Pride comes before a call

Did you take part in Leeds Pride? To help tackle LGBT+ hate crime, meet up with the Angels of Freedom. Last year, 400-plus crimes were recorded.




Under scrutiny

Housing, health, environment and communities: some of the topics under the gaze of Leeds' scrutiny boards this week. Find out more @ScrutinyLeeds on Twitter.

Open shows

ODI Leeds has all the city's facts and figures. Maybe subscribe to their films series?




Through the years

Lotherton has, this week, been marking 50 years since it first opened to the public.

Leeds Arts, Health and Wellbeing Network, has gained praise from an Arts Council chief.

The life story of Carry Franklin, the founder of  Leeds Little Free Library, is explored in this obituary.




Appreciate you being 'round

Help is at the heart of this St George's Crypt appeal for volunteers and two blogs – on developing confidence with the Older People's Forum, plus a city reflecting on support for the mental health of armed forces' veterans.

West Yorkshire Fire officers have been helping in Whaley Bridge, as seen on the national news. 

Leeds' #HealthyHolidays work has earned government praise for a large, varied programme going beyond food to include looking after your teeth.

Ask the police

Hundreds of help topics are covered in this new Ask the police tool. Advice includes: what to do in the event of a road accident.

Medal for major

Major David Watts was presented with a medal, at Leeds Civic Hall, for his part in a UK training mission to Iraq and earlier role in developing the first completely Afghan hospital in Helmand Province.



Leeds waste recycling sites open 362 days per year.


Get set for child awards

Nominations are open for the Child Friendly Leeds Awards 2020.



Free cycling festival Let's Ride Leeds is on 1 September.

What's on

A beer festival, busy times at Kirkgate Market, swimming for health, an exhibition on our first generation Jamaicans and this guide to healthy holidays – are some of the things happening in Leeds.

Leeds has regular free walking groups.

Good Finnish

We'll wrap things up with some kind words from far afield and, in more ways than one, closer to home.