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50 years after Ronan Point, we still don’t seem to care about the people who live in tower blocks

Decades on from the Canning Town disaster, and almost a year after Grenfell, the divide between luxury skyscrapers and affordable blocks is wider than ever. How did we get here?

By Nick Hilton  

Ronan Point (pictured left) fifty years ago, and Grenfell today. Photo: Prospect composite

Compared to the immolated husk of Grenfell Tower that looms over West London, a reminder, to both ends of the socio-economic spectrum, of the horror that occurred within, the damage to Ronan Point appeared relatively minor.

50 years ago in May 1968, a small gas explosion in the kitchen on the eighteenth floor of a Canning Town tower block set off a ripple of destruction, which tore down the corner of the building, taking four lives.…

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