Friday 24 February 2012 4.18am
Rambling Phil wrote:
High rises, done well, don't cause social problems. Look at the Barbican - that's a massively popular high rise development.
But, that needs lots of open space around the blocks and towers, cultural facilities and a permeable neighbourhood. It also means not putting too many troubled people in them and, probably, requires a reasonable proportion of residents with a commitment to the neighbourhood.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure that's what the developers have in mind for the E&C.
I've never seen children playing out in the Barbican,and what do you mean by "troubled people"?
Being in one of the majority of households that is child-free, I've not seen having children playing as the most important feature of a successful neighbourhood, but I spend quite a lot of time in and around the Barbican and there are children around; there's a school in the middle of it and another one on Golden Lane.
The open spaces I referred to are necessary, among other things, to enable this. I don't see many children out playing in the low-rise, traffic infested neighbourhood I live in, either; I think this is a general urban planning problem rather than one just for high rise development.
By 'troubled', I mean things like 'mad', 'anti-social' (in the sense of not caring about the impact their actions have on others), or people who aren't choosing to live there - the sorts of hard to place tenants that the council often placed in the Heygate in its last years.
This is central London. It will be densely developed, and we have to look at what makes successful similar schemes work and demand that for here.