Is New Urbanism For Everyone?

Residents of UK town are allergic to 'modern' urban design.
January 30, 2004, 10am PST | Zvi Leve
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Residents of Milton Keynes, a 1970's era 'planned community' in the UK, have long shown a "heroic disregard for conventional notions of beauty or urban planning." Once a mecca for architects and urban planners hoping to fill "its intriguingly straight roads with modernist masterpieces", Milton Keynes is now "a pariah among towns—sprawling, car-dominated and (apart from a few concrete cows) lacking in aesthetic interest." But new plans are underway to almost double the town's population with "smart, high-density developments where neighbours will stroll and socialise."

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Published on Thursday, January 29, 2004 in The Economist
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