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Third way represents the reality of our cities

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Martin Pawley's continuous bashing of Lord Rogers' regeneration vision is a convenient tool to let his own fancies fly (AJ 20.6.02).

Most people's views of our cities are far distant from both Pawley's 'decrepitude' and Lord Rogers' 'magnificent city spaces' conception.

In reality, the 'third way' mentioned is one of the most common to us all urban dwellers and is probably closer to Burnley, with its share of abandoned dwellings.

Extremists of all sorts, not just far right neo-fascists, are bound to feed off what is conveniently available, and this is normally the benchmark for official action, however late.

Today this type of situation is worst in urban areas, but it does not destroy our eco-systems - mainly our realities. It is not greenhouse gases that are undermining society.

The reality is that social problems are related to human behaviour and to housing, jobs and how and where you live.

The third way is the only way to make our cities work and we logically cannot have Venice in our backyard.

The sidewalks, cafes, parks and the great architecture would be a bonus and will have to wait until politicians realise more than architects that you provide the basics in life and frills might come later.

Rex Hawkesworth, Portsmouth

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