Two doors good
After casting aspersions on East Kilbride's climate, yesterday was a beautiful day, perfect for a walk through The Murray. This was the first part of EK to be developed. I am intrigued to know why The Murray is called The Murray, with the definite article. It's called that officially, on roadsigns and stuff, like The Gambia. But more intriguing are these double doors, seen throughout East Kilbride. Look, here's two more.
They both lead into the same house, but different rooms. As opposed to two doors into the same room, like The Beatles in Help. There was something similar on one of these post-war housing programmes on BBC Four, but for the life of me I can't remember the justification for it. I think the architects (can't remember who they were either; doing well here) said it was something about making better use of the space at the back of your house. Or something. Not wasting it on a kitchen. So the kitchen's at the front, and obviously a kitchen needs a kitchen door. But there's still a back door (just the one) which must bring about a bit of confusion when someone comes a-knocking.
As most have been converted into one big doorway (with a normal size door, not a mega one) it suggests that it maybe wasn't the best idea. But it's nice that they tried. East Kilbride was a new town built with this kind of spirit - looking at how people live and trying to make it better. There must have been a real sense of optimism when it was built. Can you imagine how exciting it must have been to come and live here with your two front doors?