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    private neighbourhoods

    Dear all,

    ....The filling of the holes created in the city's yrban landscape after World War II promoted closeness between classes; often, for example, social housing was built on bomb sites in otherwise private neighbourhoods....

    In the sentence above, what is "private neighbourhoods"? I assume it is a kind of gate community, but I'm not sure if it existed in the mid-twentieth century.

    Thank you!

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    Re: private neighbourhoods

    I am not a teacher.

    I suspect that it is contrasting "social housing" (which usually refers to state controlled rented accommodation) with the privately owned properties that would be found in the "private neighbourhoods".

    I assume "yrban" was a typo.

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    Re: private neighbourhoods

    I agree- you see a lot of infill in places like London, where blocks of flats were built in streets in the spaces made by bombing, so social housing appeared surrounded by private housing.

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