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House In The Country: Where Our Suburbs and Garden Cities Came From and Why it’s Time to Leave Them Behind

House In The Country: Where Our Suburbs and Garden Cities Came From and Why it’s Time to Leave Them Behind

For nearly 150 years living in a house in the country has been what many of us aspire to. This book explores how this idea was imported from the US by Ebenezer Howard, founder of the garden city movement, the impact it has had in the UK and why, on cost and environmental grounds, it's time to move on from this approach. House in the Country presents a richly detailed narrative containing much social and cultural commentary as well as interviews with key figures in this field, including Lord Heseltine.

Chapter 1. Early Stirrings

Chapter 2. Piecemeal Improvements

Chapter 3. The Drive to Escape the City

Chapter 4. Ebenezer Howard

Chapter 5. Charities, Philanthropists, Local Government

Chapter 6. Howard Persists

Chapter 7. 1919-1939: The Long Building Boom

Chapter 8. Howard’s Ideas Prevail

Chapter 9. Implementing Howard

Chapter 10. The Consensus Years

Chapter 11. Divergent Views

Chapter 12. Mistakes, Disasters and Tragedies

Chapter 13. The Government Withdraws and the Private Sector Prevails

Chapter 14. What Next?

Appendix. (When Osborn went to Moscow)

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