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Our cities will fail if we allow fads of the few to dominate

Conor Skehan


Conor Skehan asks if most city planning is being reorganised solely around the needs of middle-class men

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'Successful cities are inclusive - the wider their diversity, the greater their attraction and resilience.'

'Successful cities are inclusive - the wider their diversity, the greater their attraction and resilience.'

'Successful cities are inclusive - the wider their diversity, the greater their attraction and resilience.'

Are we losing sight of the reality that a city has no reason to exist if it is not a centre of business and commerce? Is it possible that the vitality of our cities is being strangled by a shallow, naive and essentially suburban vision of the city - as a place reserved only for the three safe 'C's - cafes, cycling and communities?

Our cities are becoming battlegrounds. City planning is under siege by bands of zealous and elitist idealists who are convinced that they know what is best for us all. Like the forces that are producing cancel-culture activism, they are propelled by certainty and moralising.

According to this view, business, development, trade and industry are all bad things at worst - or necessary evils at best. And vehicles, suburbia and cars are for losers, while those specialist areas for manufacturing, commerce, logistics and sustaining services are derided as mere 'edge city'.