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Clare Melhuish reviews Chris Smith on the lottery of urban aspirations

Chris Smith MP, delivering the annual Jane Jacobs lecture at the LSE, went to some pains to convince his audience that the 'bottom-up', grassroots vision of urbanism promulgated by Jacobs could be satisfied by the new cultural monuments of the Lottery age, which might otherwise be thought to represent a rather 'top-down' idea of urban renewal.

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