Evening Standard: "What now for the regeneration of London?"
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"Riots always happen when cities consider themselves to be at a high point in terms of their urban development," says Dutch architectural historian Wouter Vanstiphout, speaking from his home in Rotterdam. "We've studied riots in every decade since the 1960s, and every time you can see that the officials of the city felt that on a planning level they were doing the most fantastic things."
"The riots should be a warning to all those involved in making the city - London's hubris in thinking itself such a sophisticated sculptor of communities has come home to roost."
"Now is the time for a new approach to the city that doesn't use the euphemisms of regeneration, but deals with the city in its dirty reality."