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Northern light

John Prescott's big idea of a 'northern city' stretching from Liverpool to Hull, which attracted big headlines this week, sounded uncannily like the proposals made by Will Alsop in his recent television series, in which the great man let us in on the secret of how to do big-vision landscape planning: look at the site from the car window and draw proposals in lipstick on the glass. Does Prescott get the point, though? It can be argued that the great northern conurbation already exists ...

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