This interesting article has echoes of our local landscape.
Every time you sit in horrible traffic in Southampton or on the M27 does it occur to you how much damage not being able to travel easily around our local area does to business opportunities? The Spinnaker tower completed late and still without a functioning elevator. It is easy to point the finger of blame. Wouldn't it be nice to think that future generations will be proud of the legacy of development we leave behind? Unfortunately I am not sure that will be the case. How sad!
Despite being awash with money, the capital’s developers and planners have no idea how to build a beautiful city In order to take my dog to the park, I have to pass through an area known as Nine Elms that spans the south bank of the Thames from Vauxhall to Chelsea bridge. The name is an accident of history, but might have been chosen by a disillusioned planner with a powerful sense of irony, for the area is a treeless urban landscape that has gone from decay (a power station, a wholesale fruit and veg market and a sewage works) to tightly packed development (three times as dense as London as a whole, with a cluster of towers and a complex shortlisted last year for the coveted Carbuncle Cup) without pausing for thought between the two.