Alexander Chancellor

In praise of Milton Keynes

'Concrete bungle'? The town is cultured, contemporary — and wonderfully content

Milton Keynes, a nice place to live [Getty Images/iStockphoto]

Who would ever have thought it, but I have become quite fond of Milton Keynes. Although I live slightly closer to the ancient city of Northampton than to this widely mocked ‘new town’ of the 1960s, I definitely prefer the latter. Northampton is a fine example of the ruination of an English market town by misguided post-war planners; Milton Keynes an example of the fulfilment of their utopian dreams.

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