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A walk need not be on the wild side

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I was interested to see your support for the proposed north-south 'walk' through a large part of London, from Highgate to the Thames (AJ 10.6.99). This sort of idea seems to have been rather neglected, not just in London but also in other cities, where we assume that existing routes and pathways, and more especially gates, railings and other barriers, are there for all time. As the proposal discussed shows, this need not be the case .

I seem to remember at the time of Princess Diana's death that Terry Farrell proposed opening up some of the Royal Parks for the first time, allowing new walking routes through central London and restoring pedestrian priority to places like Hyde Park Corner, currently a traffic-controlled nightmare.

It was particularly welcome to read the comment from Anthony Meats that the 'North London City Walk' has not been conceived as a piece of simple pedestrianisation, but as a unified urban landscape project - again something that we have been missing for too long. The only other major project of this kind which springs to mind is the Martorell Bohigas Mackay-designed route linking Cardiff Bay to the city centre. Perhaps other readers could alert you to other ideas of this sort.

Geoffrey Barnfield, London N16

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