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Accordingly, it was decided to edit the reports on the various social aspects of the Middlesbrough survey so that they could be combined in one book. Originally, these reports had not been written from the point of view of general interest: they were detailed memoranda to the Town Planning Consultant from which specific proposals about, for instance, individual parts of the town, could be derived. In revising the reports, facts which were merely oflocal relevance were omitted, but it was still necessary to retain a good deal of descriptive material. The scope and the methods of the survey could not be outlined without telling the story of the town.