“Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky-tacky,
Little boxes, little boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they’re all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.”
Little Boxes – Malvina Reynolds
I was on the way to work this morning on the bus and we were passing lots of new houses and flats being constructed, and I couldn’t help but hear the music “Little Boxes” (http://ingeb.org/songs/littlebo.html) in my head. They seem to be made out of the cheapest materials possible, and no attempt is being made to give the area (Horfield, or is it now called Rowling Gate) any sense of uniqueness. They were just tiny houses with tiny gardens lined up in straight lines. Now the houses that these buildings are replacing were far from great, but these new places are not the answer.