Column: Eco-towns offer good alternative to flood-prone suburbs

07/30/2007 | Guardian (London), The

Builders should focus on creating eco-towns, which are modern versions of traditional settlements, instead of building new homes in areas prone to flooding, writes Jonathan Glancey in the Guardian. He also notes that new suburban developments contribute to global warming because residents are forced to rely on cars. "Instead of seemingly inevitable sprawl, we could yet build just a very few new towns, preferably on high ground, each a compact and delightful cluster of homes, businesses, places of worship, areas to relax." Glancey writes. "Each could be walked across in no more than 20 minutes."

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