Tuesday 21 August 2007 10.02am
That's awful, sorry to hear that.
The subject of gated "communities" or plain old gated developments is interesting though less so if you are on the receiving end of its negative effects.
The Global Cities exhibition at the Tate Modern
shows some of the extremes of this - Sao Paulo and Johannesburg. There are also plenty of scholarly books and research papers about it.
Large compounds also reduce the ease of walking around an area. Most boroughs do not allow them now. Unfortunately Southwark allowed the Jam Factory, perhaps because it was already a factory compound. Metro Central Heights and the Alaska Buildings are other culprits. 99% of Shad Thames
isn't gated which just goes to show high prices can be had without sticking up barbed wire...