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For Leon Krier

Joseph Simpson writes only the first phase of Poundbury is complete, representing not even a tenth of what the new town will be. The following phases are fragments of a puzzle which will form urban districts once they are completed.
This is not a visionnary nor a philantropic nor a State funded NEWTOWN. Poundbury is being developed with a program not of our design , but with what the market situation allows us to do. The masterplan is not so much a blueprint but a strategy for how to built and mix uses into an urban community over a period of 25 years. For anyone who knows how developments work nowadays, the difference between Poundbury and other standard town extensions, are patently evident.
By the way my first initiative in 1988 was to convince the client and the authorities to locate the future Tesco within Pondbury. The Mall had not been started but contracts had been signed. Prince Charles tried every possible way to to have my recommendations implemented. The operation did not exactly endear me with the palace staff and the many consultants who had planned the project that far.
Poundbury could in fact attract much more commerce, but that is felt by the authorities to rival excessively with Dorchester Town Center and its current parking policy. Contrary to Joseph Simpson's idea, Prince Charles does not and cannot rule by fiat. As a landowner, he is permitted to point a way, although not all the way. Yet despite the systemic difficulties which we encounter in every step of this development, he has stuck to his guns...despite the bad publicity.
Joseph Simpson will do well to study better the ground conditions before making wholesale pronouncement about planning principles ("pincipals", as he puts it) and their implementation.
Leon Krier Masterplanner of the Poundbury development since 1988

Kimberly JT Herrick

I don't have Mr. Krier or Mr. Simpson's architectural or city-planning backgrounds, I'm not even English/British. I'm just interested in Poundbury, having seen a BBC America documentary about it at least a decade ago. I am also someone who has lived in two "planned," albeit "suburban," communities in two of the largest cities in the U.S. (i.e., Los Angeles, CA, and Houston, TX). As such, I can certainly vouch for the necessity of sidewalks, greenbelts, bike lanes, and readily available public transportation in any community that desires to limit automobile traffic and its noise and pollution. If you want people to use their cars less, then you need to provide designated, safe areas for them to walk, rollerblade, run, or peddle--perhaps even canoe--and these paths need to lead to nearby areas of commerce and relaxation (parks, village squares/town centers). No resident anywhere can realistically limit the use of their car without such alternatives, unless, of course, they don't need food, clothes, or a job. Further,to attract more commerce and residents, non-car transportation paths and areas of commerce/community gathering need to be created simultaneously with residences. Poundbury has been in existence for more than 20 years and you still don't have a local grocery store OR non-car, designated pathway to the nearby Tesco? Do YOU, Mr. Krier, live in Poundbury and walk, rollerblade, or peddle everywhere you go? Do YOU eat? If you don't live in Poundbury, perhaps you should before you vent your spleen, with several misspellings, on Mr. Simpson who dared to criticize your development. Mr. Simpson raised good points and you and your community should consider them objectively instead of taking them personally.

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