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Shonfield is wide of the mark on noise the mark on noise

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I usually agree with Katherine Shonfield's opinions about the importance of public life and urbanity, but have to take issue with her comments on the Scots who have dared to say they want to live in a relatively child- free environment (aj 29.3.99).

I imagine the reason for this is simply noise, a subject given little attention by architects, who dream about social life rather than live with some unpleasant realities, another one being dogs. I do not find the comparison with ethnic minorities at all relevant - it implies they all love children crying and dogs incessantly barking. This is scarcely credible.

James Claire


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