Compare the scene above with the one below. The above
photo was taken circa 1988, the second one was taken today -
from approximately the same pov as the first pic. Look at how
congested and narrow the street now seems compared to how it
once was. My town was built to accommodate Glasgow's 'over-
spill' and had large areas of green within and around the town
to make it open and spacious, unlike the confined housing
schemes of the City which had become overcrowded.
The green areas within were part of the plan, but almost
30 years ago were re-designated as 'under-developed land',
which has resulted in them being crammed with just about any
buildings that'll fit. The town no longer has that open and spa-
cious feel, and I deplore the change. Where is it all going to
end? It doesn't look as if it's going to be any time soon.
Planners don't seem to take account of the fact that, if you
build housing on playing fields, there are fewer play areas for
the larger number of kids that will inhabit the area. More homes
for families to live in, less space for children to play. Why can't
those who make these sort of decisions see that overcrowding
a neighbourhood that was originally designed and built with
'breathing space' is a recipe for disaster in the future?
Is the same thing happening where you live? Have
a vent in our comments section and feel better for it.