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“Streets and towns that dance”: when government quangos get lyrical

By Brian Semple  

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A new government strategy document for tarting up towns and cities that talks of “place shaping” and “community cohesion” can claim few prizes for English. But it does win a first: for being the only government document to be launched with a poem.

CABE, an architecture quango, had been tasked with jazzing up the otherwise predictably dull unveiling of World Class Places last month. They contacted poet Ian McMillan, who had previously written a ditty in…

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