- Aug 2013
Yeah but the problem wasn't the buildings---it was the people. Still is.
By 1980, about 45 percent of British people lived in public housing, known here as 'council housing'. This housing replaced the slums, and gave many families hot running water and indoor toilets for the first time. Many of the British posters on here will have lived in them and some still do.
Some of the later council housing tower blocks, 1970s, were built on the cheap and many were demolished recently, in Birmingham for example, but most of the earlier ones were well built. The Grenfell tower block was originally well built but then idiots decided to clad it with flammable panels.
I was brought up on 'council estates' and also once lived in a 'council' tower block (built for the council in 1966 by Whimpey) and there was nothing wrong with it, or with 'the people'.