Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Garden Cities

There is some talk at the moment about building garden cities and this makes me think that for the humanitarian catastrophes due to drought in Africa, they should be building desalination plants. Ignoring the point that they couldn't build desalination plants because the country was not capable of doing so. The UK in the same way is not capable of whistling up garden cities. There aren't enough builders, aside from the looming mass retirement of construction workers, and I don't see that there is enough finance either. Cities need railway stations, schools, hospitals, roads, not just houses. This is pure fantasy land. Milton Keynes was an ongoing project for a quarter of a century.

Posted by stillthinking @ 02:00 AM (3981 views)
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  • Quarter century project? Why not?

    We’ve had smaller new towns by stealth anyway in recent years (ever been to Bicester) why not pick a few villages or small towns close to motorways that already have railway stations or at least a line going past, and plan around them? – Bracknell would be an example.

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  • I mean its going to come in a tad on the late side, given that the shortage is now. Milton Keynes was built on the basis of projected, anticipated, demand. These garden cities will be way too late, they aren’t even past the mouthing off stage. If it took an oil rich government 25 years to get Milton Keynes together, and Milton Keynes was widely derided at the time when there were no housing pressures, then how long will the most indebted country in the history of the world take to build two garden cities?

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