Bor, Walter (14 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 14: Walter Bor [WB] Attractive new flat and birth of son, David. Also bought cottage in Snowdonia. Weekends spent rebuilding cottage and collecting mushrooms and bilberries. Appointed by Conservative administration in Liverpool then Labour take-over with Tom Braddock as Leader of Council. TB’s attitude to new towns, Skelmersdale and Runcorn as did not want Liverpudlians moved out of the city. Total opposition to WB’s planned move from dependency to entrepreneurial culture. Refused to meet WB who decided to resign. Death of Braddock and election of Bill Sefton, very supportive of WB and Shankland, the outside consultant. Aim to change image of Liverpool, a city in decline by creating a climate friendly to investment.. The Beatles. The new role for planners. WB diametrically opposed to Shankland over transport policy of ring road and extended car parking, as in favour of good public transport system. Head-on collision. Regeneration process started but oil crisis and Loony left hindered investment. Resignation in 1966. Private life deteriorating, obsessive work load. Now aged fifty, became partner in firm of Llewellyn-Davies and senior lecturer in architecture at London University.

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