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60 years New Towns in the UK

 
 
Reply Mon 6 Nov, 2006 01:45 am
There a great report in today's The Guardian, about Britain's New Towns:
Brave new world

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No expense was spared when Britain began building its new towns - yet still many residents felt as if they had been sent into exile. Sixty years on, is it time to embrace Basildon, Milton Keynes and co? Jonathan Glancey visits the land of housing estates, roundabouts and concrete cows


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Walter Hinteler
 
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Harlow

Harlow was designated as a New Town on 25 March 1947 and covers an area of 2,588 ha (6,395 acres).

Travel and transport. Harlow is 27m north-east of London, 10 minutes from the M25 London Orbital motorway and 25 minutes by train from London's Liverpool Street Station. It is also very close to the growing third London airport at Stansted and provides easy access to channel ports.

Employment. Industry in Harlow covers a broad spectrum from electronics, warehousing, electronic engineering, research and development, publishing and general distribution. Harlow is one of the leading towns for research and development in the country, and these activities are on a par with both Oxford and Cambridge. Major employers include GlaxoSmithKline and Nortel Works.

Population. Harlow has a population of 80,600.
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Reply Mon 6 Nov, 2006 04:28 am
Interesting. Harlow was well designed, poorly built and tried very hard to be a failure, but being where it was it couldn't help but succeed in the end.

This might have something to do with the council finally deciding to run the town as their top priority, instead of developing an independent foreign policy and making imbecilic gestures of politically correct solidarity with the oppressed peoples of the world...Harlow was in the vanguard of such nonsense in the 70's and 80's.
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