THE DEMARCATION OF NEIGHBOURHOODS
While attempting to do this, we are halted at the outset by the vagueness of the neighbourhood unit concept. Its practical purpose is easily understood. The structure of a town is a function of its component parts and thus the cell principle is essential both in planning and administration. It also provides for the convenient siting of amenities and institutions, particularly of those which should be within a short distance from homes. Thus one of the deplorable defects of inter-war housing, the shapelessness of new estates and the paucity of their institutional equipment, can be eliminated. In terms of convenience, the concept of the neighbourhood unit presents no difficulty and is indeed a step forward.