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I read with some astonishment Joseph Donahoe's letter proposing the scrapping of St Paul's Cathedral's view corridors as part of a general orgy of high-rise building that might make even Ken Livingstone wince (AJ 08.12.05).

I'll bet neither Donahoe nor Livingstone have ever actually asked Londoners whether they would really rather live like the inhabitants (or captives? ) of Hong Kong or New York.

Nor, I'm sure, have they asked the capital's tens of millions of visitors why they like to come to London. I'll bet it's not to see the tower blocks.

I grew up in New York, have lived for most of my adult life in London, and am quite sure which city is the more beautiful and cultured.

Jack Warshaw, by email

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