Slums of the future

‘A place is made a slum by inferior standards of building’, says Roy Grant. On this definition, slums of the future are being created even now. Take a look, for example, at Whitehawk Estate – the natural successor to Carlton Hill.

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  • I lived in Whitehawk from 1950 until 1968. It was then a nice place to live. As a child, like my brothers and sisters and all the other kids, we felt safe and were able play anywhere, from the beach to the race hill. It was not until the estate was rebuilt that problems started.

    By R. H. Scott-Spencer (18/06/2003)
  • Back-to-back terrace housing works – everybody can keep an eye on each other and it looks good and uniform – bad modern planning, ‘yet again’. Not just that but the breakdown of discipline and respect in families and schools and do-gooders and too much ‘adult’ teaching with children and young adults have ruined places like Whitehawk and Moulsecombe.

    By Andrew Buck (14/06/2005)
  • If we consider that many of the people who live in well known deprived estates in Brighton, are only four generations away from the those who feature in the slum society photographs, the problems in those estates are understandable. Life in the slums was unimaginably distressing and the intense psychological scars which must have resulted are not quickly dissolved. There is a well known Biblical saying that the sins of the fathers is visited on seven generations, substitute the word ‘pain’ for the word ‘sin’ and perhaps we will gain a useful insight into the problem behaviour which is so prevalent in ghettos such as these problem estates.

    By K. Hill (17/10/2008)

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