• Elena Porter

A Tale of Two Cities: Oxford’s Relief Road Controversy

When a visitor in Oxford asks, ‘Where is the University?’, they will be told that it is all around them – the colleges and department buildings are part of the fabric of the city. Historically, this intermixing of town and university buildings has created tension on both sides. A plan to build an inner relief road through the city in the 1950s had the potential to create a starker physical separation between Town and Gown.