Magazine article The Spectator


Magazine article The Spectator


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Model towns

Celebration, the town in Florida founded by Disney in the 1990s, has suffered its first murder and a suicide. Model towns have had mixed fortunes.

-New Lanark, near Glasgow, was built by industrialist and social reformer Robert Owen as a model for utopian socialism. It narrowly escaped demolition in the 1960s and is now a World Heritage Site.

-Chandigargh, India, was instituted by Nehru after partition as the modern face of India. It now has the highest per capita income of any Indian city, but it also has rising crime, recording 19 murders in 2007.

-Brasilia, built in the isolated centre of Brazil between 1957 and 1960, survived criticism to remain the country's capital.

But in common with other Brazilian cities, it has become surrounded by shanty towns.

Education, education, education

English school funding per pupil, in real terms:

English pupils' world ranking in maths:

Sources: Department of Education, OECD

Richer poverty

The official poverty line is defined as 60 per cent of median income. …

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