Thursday, March 06, 2008
Streets In The Sky
Interesting stuff on the news today about this East London Estate.
Tower Hamlets Council wants to pull it down and 80% of the people unfortunate ( i.e. 'poor') enough to live there agree.
But 'a group of leading architects' is protesting, claiming that the building, by these people, is a model of its kind, comparable, in the words of the very famous Lord Richard Rogers, with the great Regency crescents of Bath.
Now I am neither an expert on 20th Century architecture nor, would I like to think, an anti-modernist nimby with a phillistine bent BUT I could not fail to notice two obvious things during the BBC's news report this morning.
1. The people interviewed who want it demolished either live on the Estate or have the job of maintaining it, and are what we used to call 'working class'.
2. The people who want to save it most certainly do not live there and are what we still call 'posh'.
Perhaps then I am an unreconstructed old reactionary after all, but the whole thing reminded me, and I bet you saw this coming, rather depressingly of this.
The Jam - 'The Planner's Dream Goes Wrong' (1982)