Okay, forget the fact this article is from a Skyscraper enthusiasts website (!) - it's a fascinating read, and shows how people don't need to be organised to within an inch of their lives by governments, they organise themselves.  Yes, there is activity which may possibly infringe people's human rights - certainly I can see my local community safety partnership doling out ASBOs left, right and centre - but these people took care of themselves and their own - isn't that the Big Society? <whistles>

Doubtless, transplanted to the UK, the people at the top would be courted by politicians and media as 'community leaders' - and this really is Your Square Mile (smaller in fact - 33,000 residents in 0.01 sq mile according to Wiki, bigger numbers quoted on the website) - Paul Twivy, eat your heart out!

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=55357 ;-)

 

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Comment by Kate Gordon on April 18, 2012 at 22:01

LOL - funny you should say that Joe - it reminded me of Handsworth, especially the re-routing of the electricity supply! ;-)  Did you just read page 1, or go further in?  There's some wonderful photos, especially of the modern skyscrapers in HK.  One of them has a caption 'the new walled city?', but the new skyscrapers look very self contained, and not joined up as the walled city was.  I read an article about how interconnecting walkways between highrise flats in London had been removed in order to give people a greater sense of 'ownership' of their own block, and therefore a stronger incentive to take care of it, which would lead to reduced crime, etc etc.  No idea if it worked - maybe someone from London could say.    When I was in Manchester recently, I noticed some highrises with connecting walkways.   

Comment by joe taylor on April 18, 2012 at 16:45

That's a great read Kate, it reminds me of Wigan

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