Edwin Heathcote of the Financial Times reviews the book, written by Austin Williams and Alastair Donald:
"Most essays take a line contrary to the prevailing, Jacobs-influenced orthodoxy, arguing for cars, roads, big plans and a tough line with history."
The two are pro-city, saying that cities are good for education and for a better way of life than subsistence farming. But they have no truck with history, arguing in favor of clearing away anything in the way of progress. Heathcote doesn't agree completely:
"For all the temptation to start afresh, the most popular cities remain those that manage to maintain a blend of grains and textures, historic and modern, in which the existing limits the possible and forces imagination and reuse."