Bor, Walter (12 of 29) National Life Stories Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Bor, Walter, 1916-1999 (speaker, male)

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    Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)

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    Part 12: Walter Bor [WB] More on City planning. Insufficient emphasis on imaginative side. Became a development-control process. Can cover ten year period so often overtaken by events. WB demanded reform. In Liverpool could structure work with strategic long-term planning. Appointed to PAG established by Sir Keith Joseph. Produced first structural plan for Liverpool where WB built up high quality planning team. In competition with Coventry and Newcastle. Dan Smith and corruption. 1967 – law passed allowing for two levels of strategic development. May/June 1962, WB shortlisted for four jobs. Decision to leave GLC and problematic journey to Liverpool for interview. Accepted job on two conditions – to be given a better qualified staff of 100 and responsibility for transport planning. Agreed. Commuted from Blackheath. Back to early days with LCC. Wife Dinah’s mental illness, ending up in the Maudesley where she responded to treatment. Ignorance shown towards mental illness here, patients stigmatised. Son, Michael, with foster parents then lived with David Lowe’s family in Epsom. Dinah, an ardent Communist, remarried.

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