Utopia On Trial

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Broadwater Farm: What's the future for Britain's most notorious housing estate?

Broadwater Farm is renown for the Tottenham riots in the 1980s, and for the subsequent riots in 2011 following the shooting of Broadwater Farm resident, Mark Duggan. The estate was built in 1973 and was considered a beacon of progress and people were desperate to move in. Not long after the era, when signs saying 'no blacks, no dogs and no Irish’ on the windows of letting agents wasn't unusual, that the concrete spires of Broadwater Farm were erected. A modern day utopia cast in reinforced concrete. What went wrong?

After the riots the violence turned Broadwater Farm into a national symbol of the very worst urban decay, a reputation it still remains burdened with today. But perhaps not for much longer.....David Cameron, then Prime Minister, announced at the end of January last year, that the Government was to spend £140 million in a ‘blitz’ demolishing and redeveloping nearly a hundred of Britain’s most notorious ‘sink estates’. Now in it's second phase, the Council’s planning department are proposing a demolition and ‘redevelopment’ zone for the Broadwater Farm Estate. This area includes not only the estate, but also Somerset Close, Lido Square, Moira Close and the houses to the north along south side of Lordship Lane of the Broadwater Farm area, as well as other parts of Tottenham such as Seven Sisters Market and parts of Tottenham High RD.

References: http://haringeyhousingaction.org.uk/broadwater-farm-area-estates-red-zone-threat-support-the-community-campaign/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/15/broadwater-farm-whats-the-future-for-britains-most-notorious-hou/