Wednesday, 25 July 2007

More thoughts on rural suburbias

My brother and his family live in Duffield, some eight miles north of Derby. It's an idyllic village that has retained much of its 19th century charm. Surrounded by the Derbyshire Dales (below - view from outside my brother's house), it possesses attributes entirely missing in Mazowsze. Firstly - lots of decent old architecture. Wealth going back generations. Secondly, rolling scenery. But the concept is similar - leave the sprawling city and live where the quality of life is immeasurably better. Question for the planners - is this lifestyle for everyone?

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