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Penge can more than hold its own

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Will Alsop may have a poor view of Penge based on its name (AJ 6.3.03), but he obviously doesn't know that Penge is featured in the new The Good Place Guide, as well as having an award from the Civic Trust.

In fact, Philip Cave Associates, as landscape architects and urban designers, has spent the past four years regenerating the place with the help of architects, lighting designers and community artists and £500,000 from SRB funding.

It all started from Penge being, in planning terms, a gateway to Crystal Palace. The result has been to create a series of contemporary public spaces with modern materials that have lifted the spirit of the area and given the locals a lot of civic pride against all the odds given (according to Will Alsop) such a terrible name and a run-down environment.

In summer, Bromley Council has organised carnival acts on Saturdays, cafes have been refurbished with outdoor tables, and the place has a definite buzz.

Perhaps it should be renamed South Crystal Palace.

Philip Cave, Philip Cave Associates, London WC2

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