December 22, 2015

Bleak House-Living in London

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London is a city of 8.6 million people with a huge problem-residents are spending half their income on rent, and there is a huge exodus of people in their thirties looking for work and accommodation-those important factors of livability-elsewhere.
What to do?  This article featured in The Archinect written by Robert Urquhart explores London’s particular housing crisis where 80 per cent of the housing is available to only 20 per cent of the people. Vancouver gets a  mention too, citing the city’s  housing density and well thought out downtown buildings achievable through strong  area policy and form guidelines.
The photo above is that of Charles Dickens’ house in Kent, where he did NOT write  Great Expectations. Perhaps that is apropos.
Thanks to Ian Robertson for the article.

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