Are garden cities the answer to the housing crisis?

An article which explores whether the push for new garden cities will result in 'bog-standard suburban housing blighting the green belt' features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian article says garden cities "are an idea whose time has come (again), enjoying the support of George Osborne, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. They are seen as a way to persuade not-in-my-backyarders to tolerate urgently needed new housing estates". But it asks: "Are garden cities the solution to Britain’s housing crisis? Or are they a sham – the same-old suburbs smothering precious green belt?"

The Times (subscription required) reports that "people in most towns and cities are being exposed to illegal air pollution". The newspaper says "the EU’s limit for nitrogen dioxide pollution was exceeded in 38 out of 43 areas of the UK last year, causing thousands of premature deaths". The figures "are buried in a report on air quality that the government must submit each year to the European Commission", the newspaper says.

An article in the Guardian comes out "in praise of boring cities". The article says: "Sophisticated urbanites tend to look down on much of suburban life. But I suspect many suburbanites find downtown obsessions – contemporary art, say, or elaborate ways of preparing coffee – equally tedious. Why isn’t their thumbs-down verdict on urban pretentiousness just as valid?".

The Telegraph showcases a collection of photographs of Britain's poor taken in the 1960s and 1970s to be shown for the first time in a new exhibition at London’s Science Museum. The newspaper says that photographer Nick Hedges "spent three years visiting areas of deprivation throughout the UK to create this seminal body of work for the housing charity Shelter". Hedges photographed slum housing "in major cities such as Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Bradford and London, documenting the distressing conditions faced by more than three million people".


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