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Commenting on the murder of Damilola Taylor, Jack Straw dismissed 'those 'pile 'em high and build 'em cheap' plans for underground car parks, high-level walkways and unlit alleys' as 'bad design'. He was wrong. There is nothing intrinsically 'bad' about highdensity, low-cost housing. Underground parking makes perfect sense in a city where land is in scarce supply.

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