There has been a lot of talk lately about 15-minute cities, but in a Sheffield suburb the idea of ​​having (almost) everything you need close by is already a reality.

That’s according to residents of Crookes, in West Sheffield, where a thriving mix of big business and convincing has nurtured a vibrant high street. There has been a community here since the Bronze Age, and despite being swallowed up by the urban sprawl of the city, an identity remains.

The area can claim its number of famous former residents as its own and has been in and out of fashion more times than anyone can count. Despite this, Crookes remains an attractive place to be in the city, attracting a wide variety of people.

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Alan Yates, 78, moved to Crookes after growing up on the opposite side of Sheffield. He said: “It’s fantastic, it’s got everything you could need here and then it’s only a 10 minute drive into town.

“Walk 30 minutes in one direction and you are right in the center of town, 30 minutes in the other and you are well on your way to the Rivelin Valley with all the beautiful scenery. From here I can go to the Cathedral or Bradfield Church on foot, I really don’t know what more I could want.”

Alan Yates, 78, said having so much within walking distance of his home was fantastic.(Image: South Yorkshire Live)

Alan highlights one of the many things people love about Crookes. Its proximity to the outdoors is something that draws people in and makes them want to stay.


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