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The hard legacy of Victorian urban distaste

In his BBC2 programme Victoria died in 1901 and is still alive today, Jonathan Meades ducked and dived his way through a kaleidoscopic survey of Victorian architectural and cultural history before finally arriving at what seems to be his key contention: that the Victorians destroyed our cities. 'The ultimate architectural legacy of Victoria's reign is the collective mindset of cities as morally and physically corrupting, ' states Meades with angry conviction. 'The cities were neglected ...

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