Everywhere Else is a collective mapping of all things free, public and community-minded in Leigh, UK
About the work
Who decides how a place is lived in? As time goes on, it seems we have less and less public space to enjoy. But more than that, the collective sense of space’s ‘publicness’ — of a place being everyone’s to use, make and reimagine — is on the decline.
Everywhere Else is a collective mapping of all things free, public and community-minded in Leigh, UK.
Platforms such as Google Maps present a place where shops, restaurants and paid attractions take centre stage. This is the version of the city favoured by financially-minded developers, a place where — ultimately — you go to part with money.
But what if you don’t have money, or want to know other versions of your hometown? Everywhere Else is an open platform for people in Leigh to map everything that platforms such as Google Maps neglect: a map of the ‘gaps’ in Google’s way of seeing the world. Anyone is welcome to tag a location with a place, a story or a service for others to enjoy.
Working together, we can make a new map of Leigh: an engine of publicness, not profit.
Add to the map
To add to the map, visit Everywhere Else and click the 'add message' button.
You can then click on a map point to add your recommended 'things to do'. You can even add a story or memory.