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Broadwater Farm Estate

Tottenham, London. Sun 4 Aug 2017


 Buildiding began at Broadwater Farm in 1967, with the housing raised above ground level parking to minimise flood risk

 wide pedestrian decks above ground were meant to be safe streets in the sky, but poor lighting and lack of

 maintenace turned htem into crime hot spots. The estate has a large park at its side, Lordship Lane Recreation Ground

 over 20 hectares, with views east o Alexandra Palace and the River Moselle running through it

 

 The river is culverted under the estate

 

 

 and the housing is built on top of car parking areas

 This school was built later

 There are large green spaces between the blocks which were named after RAF wartime airfields

 

 

 

 

 Although close to the shops of busy Tottenham High Rd and not far from Wood Green, the estate still feels rather isolated

planned to avoid any traffic runing through it, and with a rather quaint 'hail and ride' bus service around the back streets

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