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Who was the real pioneer of the suburbs?

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I have not read Clare Melhuish and Pierre d'Avoine's Housey Housey: A Pattern Book of Ideal Homes, but Elain Harwood's review (AJ 19.5.05) encourages me to seek it out.

I am surprised though that someone with her huge knowledge should write in the review:

'Ebenezer Howard was but the most famous clerk to take up commuting.' Howard did not; he advocated self-contained small towns away from the large cities, not suburbs.

Is Ms Harwood confusing him with, say, Dame Henrietta Barnett, begetter of Hampstead Garden Suburb?

David W Lloyd, Old Harlow

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