Grace Kenny's comments
As I understand it, it is planned to go alongside the river, rather than over it, as in "across". Anyway, I walk along there often, and I am quite happy with the dog-leg tunnel under the railway line as it is. When I see the word "iconic", I reach for my gun.
I won't hold my breath.
One from Brentford to Kew Gardens would be far more useful.
Why does no-one ever mention the lovely Coulée Verte or Promenade Plantée (4.7 km), in Paris, which opened in 1993, predating the Manhattan version by some 16 years? I have walked along it and it is great.
"graffiti has been daubed" Tsk! Tsk!
Glasshouses? Throwing stones?
It looks spiffing I must say. I moved into the original brand new Wates House in 1975 as part of a small research unit. I loved the light and the clean white walls after the pokiness of our georgian square eyrie. As soon as the students moved in they covered every surface they could reach, especially in the stair wells, with huge grafitti. I still can't decide whether it was an improvement or not.
"The housing provider also claimed that many of those campaigning against the plans were not residents on the estate."
If they really did say that, it makes no sense. I don't live in the Antarctic, but I care about it, and want to preserve it. I don't live on the Sutton Estate but use that part of town often, and enjoy the look of the estate and the social mix it provides in the middle of Chelsea.
I trust it will all be affordable housing!
"the paired-back Georgian buildings"
You need a better proof-reader I think.
Just the job for us acrophobics!
It looks absolutely smashing. I used to go to Foyles quite a bit, and look forward to going again.
As another place not to emulate, try the old La Samaritaine in Nice, taken over by FNAC, and now hell on earth.
One of my favourite holiday snaps is of the steel framework of a huge block of flats in Bari, which had to be abandoned because it had been erected without proper planning permission, and too near the sea. I wish you well!