The Guardian on 4 May 2006 published an article summarising a parliamentary committe report under the headline MPs criticise slow start to Britain’s fastest railway line as costs mount. I felt impelled to write to the Guardian and protest because the article argued that “regeneration” benefits in North London might be the saving grace of the project. The letter I wrote was as follows…
Severe setbacks at King’s Cross this spring.
I just came back at 2345h from the best event I was ever at – apart from demonstrations perhaps. Dario Fo is standing for election in the primaries for mayor of Milano and held a rally today, one week before the voting. It was in the mazda palace – a huge place a bit like Wembley Arena out near the S Cirio stadium, holding about 7000 people and it was full. He’s a candidate of a “Civil List” or red / green people but not directly parties.
In Istanbul with 157 students and such a great staff team – it gets better and better. I hope is being good for the students and certainly many seem hugely stimulated though it is easy to be rose-tinted. Today, by that wonderful tendency of modern networking, we made contact with Orhan Esen, Teresa and I spent some time with him and we are having a talk from him on Tuesday morning – our last day.
This just came through the mail: Magnaghi, Alberto (2005) The Urban Village: a charter for democracy and local self-sustainable development London, Zed, GBP18.95 paper, 1 84277 581 2, ( Il progetto locale originally, 2000)
Summary of projects 2005. More to come (on King’s Cross especially).