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【双语阅读】建造高楼大厦的是与非

时间:2014-07-02 14:20 作者:泛扬英语 点击: 174 次

       Britain almost more than any other country in the world must seriously face the problem of building upwards, that is to say, of accommodating a considerable proportion of its population in high blocks of flats. It is said that the Englishman objects to this type of existence, but if the case is such, he does in fact differ from the inhabitants of most countries of the world today. In the past our own blocks of flats have been associated with lower-income groups and they have lacked the obvious provisions, such as central heating, constant hot water supply, electrically operated lifts from top to bottom, and so on, as well as such details, important notwithstanding, as easy facilities for disposal of dust and rubbish and storage places for baby carriages on the ground floor,  playgrounds for children on the top of the buildings, and drying grounds for washing. It is likely that the dispute regarding flats versus individual house will continue to rage on for a long time as for as Britain is concerned. And it is unfortunate that there should be hot feeling on both sides whenever this subject is raised. Those who oppose the building of flats base their case primarily on the assumption that everyone prefers an individual home and garden and on the high cost per until of providing full services to s scattered community and the cost in both money and time of the journeys to work for the suburban resident.

       英国可能比世界上其他任何一个国家都更必须严肃地正视建造高楼大厦问题。也就是说,英国要把相当一部分人口安顿在高高的公寓楼中。据说英国人反对这种生存方式,但若情形果真如此,他们就与当今世界上多数国家的居民的想法真正不同了。过去产,我们本国的公寓楼让人想到低薪阶层。这些公寓楼缺乏那些显见的设备,像集中供暖、不间断的热水供应、从顶楼运行到底楼的电梯等等:还有一些虽说细小却重要之处,例如便利的垃圾处理设施、底楼保存婴儿车的储藏间、顶楼儿童游戏场以及晾晒衣服的地方。对英国人而言,这场关于公寓与单体房屋的争论将会在很长一段时期内持续激烈进行下去。令人遗憾的是,每当这个问题被提出,双方的情绪就会非常强烈。那些反对建造公寓的人的论据主要建立在这一设想上,即每个人都更单体房屋和花园,以及买一单元居室所需的昂贵的价格。然而后者却忽略了这个事实:为一个分散居民区提供全部服务需要更高的费用,郊区居民上下班来来往往既耗时又费钱。
 

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