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letters PFI economy squeezes out the corner shop

I had mixed feelings on reading Paul Hyett's recent article about buying better buildings in the private sector (AJ 15.7.99). I reminded myself that one in four new companies goes bust since private-sector investment is about the prioritisation of scarce resources. Paul dismisses post-war public architecture on skimpy evidence and in so doing ignores several generations of successful urban design and architecture.

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