And they still exist today.
Hi, saved this post while I was on holiday as I had to respond.
In my novel, serialised at challenge69.substack.com I reference my mum having worked, during WW2, for Kryn & Lahy, a Belgian owned 'munitions factory based in the town. Or, as I speculate, her war effort may have been, "building bombs with Belgians!"
Great Read! I'd be cool with North American cities following the European model of getting as many cars off the road as possible and making bicycling and public transit as convenient as possible. Maybe more greenspace, and mixed-used zoning/medium-density housing would be cool too lol
Thank you so much for contributing this piece Winston! I really appreciate it! (and found it fascinating to dive into!)
A fascinating read thank you, South Africa has many security estates that combine elements of this. I wonder if there is any that conform properly to all of the tenets. They're mostly leafy, safe, expensive and exclusive. To hide the residents from the relative dystopia outside.
Perhaps a different viewpoint to Adrian, but I went to university in Hertfordshire and thus knew a far few people who came from Welwyn Garden City. Sadly I can say from expereince that the young people of the town have the same view of their home as any other - they think it's rubbish and can't wait to leave! Maybe just the inevitable itchy feet of youth.
Hey Winston, both Letchworth and Welwyn aren’t far from me and they’re really pleasant places in terms of greenery in the centre of the settlements and generally spacious layouts.
They seem more of an ideal now because town centres are becoming increasingly soulless due to out of town shopping/leisure villages and also housing pressures mean space is at a premium.
In terms of quality of life, I think Howard was pretty visionary - apart from the pub thing!