In the mid-twentieth century, Britain began to build upwards. In place of the rubble and desolation caused by World War II, tower blocks were erected as quick solutions to house a booming population. They offered futuristic monuments to post-war progress and reassurance in the vision of government. It was not long before the cracks literally began to show and structural decay set in, causing many to fall into disrepair or collapse completely. Not only that, but the buildings engendered social problems, creating an isolated populace, hidden in labyrinthine corridors which became prime targets for break-ins and muggings. Yet their construction marched on, and by the late 70s, cities like London and Glasgow were surrounded by these concrete monoliths — imposing and undesirable, but for many, the only source of affordable housing. By this stage, the downward cycle of crime and social unrest had become so great that police were posted in many tower blocks, but their presence did little to quell the antisocial and delinquent behavior.
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