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Podcast: White heat

This week, we’re asking a question for the ages: Why does York look like a chocolate box while nearby Wakefield looks like hell?

In the early 1960s, at a time when visions of the future were all concrete and cars, and even York still thought of itself as a manufacturing centre, some British cities decided to smash up their heritage while others decided to preserve it. Jim Waterson, political editor of Buzzfeed UK and a York native himself, joins us to talk us through this forgotten moment in Britain’s architectural history.

Then we ask the audience: what are the best and, especially, worst urban regeneration schemes?

The episode itself is below. You can subscribe to the podcast on AcastiTunes, or RSS. Enjoy.

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Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and on Facebook here

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