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George Osborne: Socialist?

The utopian origins of garden cities

By Anna Alekseyeva  

In announcing plans to build a garden city in Ebbsfleet, Kent, George Osborne has resurrected a long dormant town-planning ideal. The term sounds like an appealing solution to the country’s housing shortage, evoking images of tree-lined boulevards lined with Tudor revivals. Yet given the social reformist origins of the idea, Osborne’s assertion that Ebbsfleet “will be a proper garden city” seems a…

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