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Any publicity is good regeneration publicity

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The real reason that Urban Regeneration doesn't need a Bill (Martin Pawley, AJ 19.7.01) is that it is likely to happen naturally just like its predecessor, the Industrial Revolution.

If Pawley says 'it's impossible' you can probably believe exactly the opposite.

His maligned Urban Task Force has been a good tool for raising the matter of the state of our urban areas through education and debate, and Pawley is doing his bit, albeit unintentionally, to spread the message.

His TV counterpart Jamie Oliver has the same effect on cooking. It does not matter if you act like a prat or have distorted views: the more the matter is debated the better.

Your other columnist Will Alsop is probably much nearer the mark on the same issue, when he states that architecture is connected with everything, including food, and can never stand on its own.

Young people seem to prefer urban facilities to the countryside, and this is the urban regeneration realisation.

No amount of parliamentary enforcement can alter people's vision of the future. And commercialism is bound to make Blade Runner a better option than The Archers in the end.

Rex Hawkesworth, Portsmouth

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