quote 04:12:00 Why did the experiment fail? The only sections of the upper-level circulation system in use today are those created in the comprehensive development areas of London Wall and the Barbican, where tracts of bomb-damaged land were publicly redeveloped on a large scale and pedestrians could be forced aloft by the obliteration of the conventional street pattern. Elsewhere, the City tried to build its walkway system through negotiations with private landowners. Developers incorporated them grudgingly, designing them, for the most part, to minimum standards of size and finish. Crude, unwelcoming design and dark staircases discouraged pedestrian traffic. The upper level failed to attract services, shops, and front entrances. A remarkable amount of walkway was built, but once conservation took hold, the sections could never be connected. Without through routes pedestrians kept to ground level, reinforcing the failure of the experiment.
quote 22:23:05 In 1957 London County Council and the City of London Corporation agreed to modify plans for the commercial development of the area surrounding the Barbican. There were to be only three new office blocks so as not to overshadow the estate and the raised walkway was to be extended into the commercial area.
24 January 1956: Plans unveiled for homes in Barbican, from On This Day site at BBC News.
quote 21:46:00 As she unveiled a plaque commemorating the opening of the Barbican, the Queen said: “What has been created here must be one of the wonders of the modern world.