THE bright sweeping crescents and symmetrical streets were the perfect Georgian antidote to the twisting underworld of Medieval Edinburgh.
But although the New Town in Edinburgh was built with equality in mind, it soon became synonymous with the elite in Enlightenment Edinburgh.
With houses now topping £1 million in the sought-after residential quarter, the New Town was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1995.
And as the 250th anniversary of James Craig’s plan for the area was marked last year, corners of the district considered a masterpiece of city planning are finding a new lease of life.
The New Town is the responsibility of World Heritage Trust, which polices the Unesco site.
Its director, Adam Wilkinson, said they were “optimistic” about the future of the New Town.
“Our priorities are to make sure our unique architectural heritage is properly conserved,” he said.