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Letchworth: The model town

Words: Simon Wicks
Letchworth from the air

Does the garden city model offer a realistic approach to 21st century living? Simon Wicks visits Letchworth to find out what planners can learn from the financial and governance arrangements in the original garden city

A snowy day in February may not be the best time to see a garden city. But a town is a town and has to function as a place to live and work, whatever its position in the planning pantheon.Besides, touring Letchworth without its greenery allows me to see it in a state of undress, as it were, and to ask: is the original garden city still blooming? Or is it a living museum, a failed social........
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