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British Prime Minister Denounces "Brutal" Sink Estates

British Prime Minister Denounces "Brutal" Sink Estates
British Prime Minister Denounces "Brutal" Sink Estates, Broadwater Farm Estate ('The Farm') in Tottenham, North London. Image via Wikimedia
Broadwater Farm Estate ('The Farm') in Tottenham, North London. Image via Wikimedia

David Cameron has written an article for the Sunday Times denouncing "brutal" post-war housing estates as part of "an all-out assault on poverty and disadvantage" in the United Kingdom. Recalling time spent campaigning in "bleak, high-rise buildings, where some voters lived behind padlocked and chained-up doors" during the 1980s and since, he declares that "not enough has changed." "Some of them, especially those built just after the war," he writes, "are actually entrenching poverty in Britain – isolating and entrapping many of our families and communities."

His words just fall short of accusing post-war architects of "design[ing] in crime" to certain housing estates by creating "concrete slabs dropped from on high, brutal high-rise towers and dark alleyways that are a gift to criminals and drug dealers." The British government will now "replace some of the country’s most run-down housing estates with attractive and safe homes."

Of course, within these so-called sink estates, behind front doors, families build warm and welcoming homes. But step outside in the worst estates, and you’re confronted by concrete slabs dropped from on high, brutal high-rise towers and dark alleyways that are a gift to criminals and drug dealers. The police often talk about the importance of designing out crime, but these estates actually designed it in. Decades of neglect have led to gangs, ghettos and anti-social behaviour. And poverty has become entrenched, because those who could afford to move have understandably done so.

You can read David Cameron's full article, here.

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Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "British Prime Minister Denounces "Brutal" Sink Estates" 13 Jan 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/780253/british-prime-minister-denounces-brutal-sink-estates/> ISSN 0719-8884
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