1960s. You dont need to book an appointment; patients are seen in the order they arrive and we aim to see you within 2 hours of your arrival. Then the corporation sold the building, doors were added, rents rose and independent shops disappeared. This plaza is designed to entice pedestrians from the shopping building to the newer mall on the other side of the road. But the city is so solid, it would be difficult to re-engineer. Its planners decided that earlier new towns had been too rigidly built, with no flexibility or space for organic growth. Shore wanted to take away new town funding to improve inner cities instead. Rebecca Kurth, leader of the parish council, moved from LA to MK for work. One solstice, the architects lit an all-night bonfire, and some marijuana, and played Pink Floyd on the green fields they would soon pave with a paradise of parking lots, roundabouts and concrete cows. But while its architects were influenced by places such as Chicago, they also studied the grid cities of ancient Greece, China and Haussmanns 19th-century revamp of Paris. Mosscrop had designed the hotel where we were sitting.
(At the end of last month, the stump of the Midsummer Oak was removed by the shopping centre.) Were constantly trying to keep our spaces out of the hands of selfish, short-sighted developers. Britain is littered with places that used to have a distinctive character. Architects and designers hail the elegant ambition of its original vision, and officials building colossal new cities in China regularly visit Milton Keynes for inspiration.
Someone wouldve said in 1972, what do you need all those parking spaces for? By the mid-1970s, Milton Keynes was experiencing birth pains. This is the site of the planning dispute which defines the struggle for the soul of Milton Keynes. Theyve taken something fine and beautiful and replaced it with something tacky and characterless and guess what? Press coverage described London being hollowed out by Milton Keynes, which was engulfing our green and pleasant land. As soon as this land was developed, it became far more valuable: this uplift paid for MKs infrastructure. They put poor people on the city street.