Urban skirmish

I normally re-post the monthly articles I write for The Critic on my blog, but I missed the one I wrote for the February issue about Chelsea Barracks when it appeared online, so am now posting it belatedly.

As you will be aware, I have got interested in issues of urban planning and how relatively little public discussion there is about it, even though it affects us all deeply. As it happens, there was a vast controversy round the redevelopment of Chelsea Barracks, but there has been very little discussion of the quality of the eventual result, if any. Whatever one thinks of it – I can’t say that I am totally enamoured – it is one of the bigger chunks of new urban development apart from the new city in Vauxhall.



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