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It wasn't meant to be like this ...,
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This review is from: Estates: An Intimate History (Paperback)
Mention council estates to many British people and they're more likely to think of dysfunctional communities than "homes fit for heroes".
During the 20th century, public housing was meant to eradicate slums, deflect revolution, improve the health of the nation and eliminate social inequality. So what went wrong - and can it be put right?
Lynsey Hanley addresses these questions in this fascinating and often passionate account of a century of policy, ideology, greed and incompetence. What gives the book its edge, though, is the intermingling of formal history with the first hand experiences of Hanley and four generations of her family.
My only criticism is that the author doesn't really look the development of council housing in rural areas and small towns; but perhaps that's another story.