How to make high population London work

How to make high population London work

The UK capital can benefit from becoming a more crowded place if planners and politicians get it right

News that Greater London is surpassing its population record of 8.6 million set in 1939 has generated a familiar array of anxieties about overcrowding and social degeneration. Associations between poverty, crime and increasing numbers of people squeezed into small urban spaces have a long and vivid history, thanks in large part, I suppose, to Charles Dickens. In reality, however, such links don’t always exist. Maybe they need not exist at all.

Quoted at City AM, Ricky Burdett director of LSE Cities points out that London is “one of the least dense megacities in the world” in population terms and has plenty of space within its boundaries. He adds that the parts of the capital where people live closest together include Notting Hill and Sloane Square, neither of which are famed for chronic want or teeming squalor.

Higher-density areas are capable of sustaining very different social and community dynamics: places with significantly different demographic features can operate effectively and in a way that suggests they will continue to do so.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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