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Who Will Care for Compact Cities?

In the UK, from time to time, planning has been asked to provide the gateway to the New Jerusalem. There has been a continuing Utopian strand of town planning from Ebenezer Howard through to the creation of the postwar planning system (Hardy, 1991). An understanding of this history should have important lessons for current challenges, which include sustainability and what has been suggested as its key urban corollary, the ‘compact city’.