I generally enjoy the writings of Theodre Dalrymple, even though I often don't agree with him (he's against the legalisation of drugs, for instance). He's got his own mind, he's got a lot of interesting life experience, and tends towards the libertarian - although it would be more accurate to describe him as conservative.
In this piece, he talks about le Corbusier. This is a guy who, despite being very talented, discovered socialism and got a very big head. Then his ideas went on to destroy beauty, nature and humanity wherever it was inflicted on the populace.
I'm sure it seemed like a great idea for governments to herd the masses in big tower blocks of concrete, to save space and money. And to pave over lots of greenery in the process. But how about leaving it to the people who buy houses, rent houses, and build houses to decide where and how they should be built?