Aspiration and Desperation

Is the aspiration of home ownership still relevant today, or are we hankering after a misguided dream spawned from 1950s American suburbia?

Clips from Revolutionary Road are cut together with personal footage from Ebbsfleet Garden City and the developer’s promotional videos.


LCC housing in the Metropolitan Green Belt


Writing about the creation of the Metropolitan Green Belt, Nick Barratt in Greater London: The Story of the Suburbs writes of how, in the very early days of the belt’s existence, the London County Council itself build substantial areas of new housing within its limits, at Debden in Essex and Oxhey in Hertfordshire.

Interestingly, Debden was the area to which interviewee’s of Willmott and Young’s influential Family and Kinship in East London were moved. Here’s a website on Debden’s history, and another on Oxhey, shown in aerial view above.