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Old 05-19-14, 02:58 PM   #1
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I've told you what's wrong with London, now here's how I'd fix it

Alex Proud, writing in The Guardian, has some good ideas about how to improve London, including what to do about the transport system, which favors the rich and is downright dangerous for cyclists. Seville is used as an example of how things can be changed.

I've told you what's wrong with London, now here's how I'd fix it - Telegraph

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Old 05-19-14, 08:23 PM   #2
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Nice find. I think this nails it pretty good:

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I’ll start with transport in London. Specifically cars. Cars ruin London. They’re dirty, noisy and dangerous for those who aren’t in them. They dominate our streets and reduce everyone else to second-class citizens which is probably why our increasingly venal overclass love their tint-windowed SUVs so much. As the satirist P.J O’Rourke once observed, “When something bad happens in a really big car, it happens very far away...It’s like a civil war in Africa; you know, it doesn’t really concern you too much.”
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London has quite low commuter car use. It could be lower but it is not LA
Comparison with Seville is daft, London has a commuter-belt population of 13.6million.
London has always had a permanent shortage of affordable housing, always. the only people who can afford to live there are the very rich and the very poor on welfare. the govt tried to move welfare families out of central London (by changing the housing subsidy rules) but human rights campaigners objected.
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London has quite low commuter car use. It could be lower but it is not LA
Comparison with Seville is daft, London has a commuter-belt population of 13.6million.
London has always had a permanent shortage of affordable housing, always. the only people who can afford to live there are the very rich and the very poor on welfare. the govt tried to move welfare families out of central London (by changing the housing subsidy rules) but human rights campaigners objected.
That's interesting. I thought large areas of working class housing had been cleared or converted for other uses over the last 50 years or so.

The danger for London and other large cities is that the central parts are becoming theme parks for tourists and the super wealthy, ringed by car-dependent housing tracts for the poor and the middle class. This pattern is not conducive to a happy society in the long run, although the wealthy might enjoy it for a time.
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