Failure of architecture…

Every so often modern architecture is blamed for something or another; normally social ills and the end of civilization.

I’ve never understood why a tower block works for the rich of London but never the poor of London.

Then I saw this…

“From the beginning, however, there was confusion about whether the street decks were public or private space. They were used by milkmen and postmen, but the police deemed them private property and refused to patrol them.”

Joe Moran’s blog: Streets in the air.

So the issue could be simply that these places were mismanaged from the start. They are now being torn down at great environmental cost; why?