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The English dream

By Stella Tillyard   April 2000

Take four standard-issue local authority tower blocks. Stick them together: two up, two down. Plant a soccer-pitch sized garden at one side and an identical block beyond it. Place the two blocks beside a gently curving lake, not forgetting to put a four-lane highway between the buildings and the water. Add wind, cover with a generous topping of snow and set aside to await economic regeneration.

This was how the buildings we live in were put up, about 20 years ago. They’re full now, with 1,000 flats, let’s say 3,000 people, and at least 1,500 cars. The garage is under…

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