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January 16, 2015 3:01 pm

English garden cities — old and new

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From the founding of Letchworth in 1903 to 21st-century proposals for suburban expansion

The world’s first “garden city” was Letchworth, in Hertfordshire, founded by social pioneer Ebenezer Howard in 1903. The result of his vision — tree-lined avenues, varied architecture, local shopping and employment — is little changed today. In all, 32 new towns were built across Britain; today they house 2.7m people. Now a new version of the garden city has been proposed by the winner of the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize.

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