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In Surrey Quays

Hatherley’s melancholy genius lies in uncovering meaning in these unglamorous, non-Ackroydian parts of the city – this “almost Baltic… peculiar dockside enclave” – while at the same time mourning the loss they represent.

Among the reasons given by Lambeth Council for demolishing Central Hill is that much of it isn’t built on. All that wasted space given over to trees and hills and recreation, just as it would have been in Vallingby or Tapiola, none of it making a profit for anyone, there just for its own sake, to be enjoyed.