Ridiculous in the Guardian Today
experts such as urban planner Yasminah Beebeejaun insist the gender politics of planning has long been underplayed. She argues, for example, that the garden city movement – which looks set to be revived in the UK with cross-party support – was conceived in part as a means of moving women out of city centres, still regarded in the early 20th century as morally dubious places, to leafy enclaves from where men would commute to work. The single-family houses with private gardens we have all been taught to aspire to, she adds, require far more upkeep than flats and are more likely to result in a breadwinner-model family with a stay-at-home mum.
What total utter rot divorced from any evidence. In fact Ebenezor Howard admired feminist reformers such as Marie Howland and advocated cooperative housekeeping, commissioning a Parker Unwin designed cooperative quadrangle. This seems to be pure unevidenced assertion, based on a theory too good to be disturbed by facts.