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Ebenezer Howard Versus Garden Communities

For a long time now, I have had an uneasy relationship with the late Sir Ebenezer Howard. He was, without doubt, a remarkable man, whose ideas have spread around the world. He disproves Shakespeare-apos-s belief about the evil that men do living after them, while the good is oft interred with their ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 15 January 2020

Augean Stables

I suppose if I had just returned from a long and lonesome space voyage to Mars, I would be delighted to discover the Government is planning to spend around a hundred billion pounds or so on rail investment in England. But, as we all know, although that cash could pay for many high priorities like li...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 14 January 2020

A Happy And Smart New Year To You All

The Queen was perfectly accurate in her assessment that it may have felt quite bumpy at times this year. It certainly did. It was, after all, a year which saw the Brexit debate come to a head and an extremely divisive general election. It saw conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere take even ugli...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 31 December 2019

Turbocharging Car-dependent Sprawl

If you want the truth about modern Britain, The Sun newspaper is unlikely to be your first choice of morning read, but if you want key insights into what the new Government is planning, it certainly would be. On Monday it revealed the key swing demographic in the election was expected to be older wh...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 22 December 2019

A New Government

Boris Johnson began his new premiership with the usual emollient speech that new prime ministers make about healing divisions, but he said some interesting things nevertheless. Perhaps most interesting was his acceptance that many of his new MPs will come from places that have never returned Conserv...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 15 December 2019

Vote Well, Vote Smart Growth

As you may possibly have noticed by now, we seem to be in the middle of a General Election campaign. This is, perhaps, the oddest election in years and maybe in our lifetimes. Conducted against the background of a Brexit debate which has become utterly toxic and a tide of hysteria from press and bro...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 03 December 2019

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