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Sanitisation robs cities of the lifeblood of evolutionary mess

However dysfunctional an existing town or city is, I believe it is important to leave the existing structure, buildings and businesses as they are. Very often the apparent detritus is the lifeblood of the place. In the process of regeneration we often find an obsession with clearance in order to make sites for new constructions. This process is not only disruptive and deeply worrying to the incumbent inhabitants, but it very often leads to the replacement of one sin with another.

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