City and campaigners revisit Cash vs Culture 50 years on

Plans to redevelop the site of the Museum of London, and a nearby office block, re-awaken an old argument for the City of London.

The London Wall West site is on the edge of the Barbican Estate, and it is just over 50 years since the City faced a development decision at the heart of the estate. Both then and today the issue is about Culture or Money.

On July 6 2022 campaigners against the current scheme held an open meeting at St Gile’s Cripplegate. Here’s the invitation email from Peter Jenkinson.

I’ve written a note recalling the 1971 City Corporation debate about whether to proceed with the Barbican Arts Centre. I was reporting for the Evening Standard at the time. More here.

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