Shepley on ... the unwarranted power of the pen in letters pages

They are thinking about knocking down a shopping centre in my town and replacing it with a new one. This seems like a good idea since the old one is singularly ugly, even though it was designed by a former president of the Royal Institute of British Architects. The new one, which received permission a while ago, was designed by one of those architects who specialise in this type of project and whose motto is obviously "blandness be my friend". It may not challenge for prizes, but it needs to be done.

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