A Prince's Dream Town Is A Hit...And So Are His Organic Goodies

Taxi drivers call it Charlieville. Architects say it looks like a theme park. And visitors sometimes stop in the quiet streets, asking if it's open. The model village of Poundbury, built on Prince Charles's land according to his strongly held architectural ideals, has come in for a lot of criticism. Its picture-postcard rows of "Victorian" stone cottages and faux-Georgian houses separated by twisting lanes were designed to merge into a corner of rural England that inspired the novelist Thomas Hardy. It's hard to believe the dates etched in stone over some of the house doors: The earliest reads 1994.

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