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Is London a United City?

what would baudrillard think?
This past Sunday the city of Madrid staged a faux London flea market modelled after Portobello Road and Camden Lock. The event attracted over 50,000 shoppers, according to this article, and included a mix of tradit... Read More
Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 28/06/07

watch the debates in the videos section
The debates are now up and running, but if you were unlucky enough to miss the two so far, you can watch highlights in our Videos section.... Read More
Posted by: Kieran Long on 24/06/07

was ours a united panel?
Last night's opening debate, Is London A United City?, was a great kick-off to Debate London. The panelists—Boris Johnson, Neal Lawson, Lynsey Hanley, Ivan Massow, Tony Travers and Emma Peters—presented a diverse and largely bifurcated set of views addressing the rampant economic inequality that has ... Read More
Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 23/06/07

read the articles
We are now just one day away from the first debate at Tate Modern, but before that, do take a few minutes to check out the brilliant articles section, which is now chock full of opinion on subjects from planning to the Read More
Posted by: Kieran Long on 20/06/07

building better communities?

On June 14, the government-sponsored Commission on Integration and Cohesion(CIC) published this report, ten years after New Labour established the Social Exclusion Unit and first began waving the banner of cohesion. Interestingly, the report sit... Read More
Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 20/06/07


the city in numbers

Coinciding with Debate London, The Evening Standard put together a poll asking almost 2000 Londoners about prominent issues facing life in the city. The results were released earlier this week, and on Monday Channel 4 published Read More
Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 20/06/07


not that we needed another reminder
Today the Telegraph published the Mercer's Cost of Living Survey results, which placed London at the top of their list of the world's most expensive cities. Moscow, somewhat s... Read More
Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 19/06/07

why west kensington is just like west ham
Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah of think tank IPPR has contributed our first article, describing how different kinds of immigration keep the capital going. 'Immigration is also critical to London's economic dynamism,' he argues, before quoting statistics saying that the majority of us Londoners do not t... Read More
Posted by: Kieran Long on 12/06/07

house prices soar through the roof shocker

The Evening Standard runs another story to strike fear into the hearts of those who do not own their houses. The cost of buying a house in London will be 10 times the average salary in the city by 2026 if housing supply does not increase. Read More
Posted by: Kieran Long on 07/06/07


diversity and housing

Industry minister and MP for Barking Margaret Hodge was pilloried in the press a couple of weeks ago for comments about the allocation of housing to immigrants in her constituency. Her argument was that families who have lived in an area for generations have a 'legitimate sense of entitlement' to council owned housing, and that this must be balanced against the needs of immigrant families in th... Read More
Posted by: Kieran Long on 01/06/07


the people's republic of london
This column is like a pub conversation taken too far, but James Harding of the Times did it anyway. In this article he argues that London should be given independence from the rest of the UK. He writes: “Londoners give the provinces much more than the provinces give Londoners. The capital generates... Read More
Posted by: Kieran Long on 30/05/07


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