30 Jun '15, 4pm

Can cities be too successful? London is not the only one eating itself.

Can cities be too successful? London is not the only one eating itself.

In London, the Mayor boasts: “London is to the billionaire as the jungles of Sumatra are to the orangutans. It is their natural habitat.” Meanwhile, Rowan Moore writes in the Guardian : At the same time, to use a commonly heard phrase, the city is eating itself. Most obviously, its provision of housing is failing to keep up with its popularity, with effects on price that breed bizarre reactions at the top end of the market and misery at the bottom. Thousands are being forced to leave London because their local authorities can’t find them homes and people on middle incomes can’t acquire a place where anyone would want to raise a family. Among those leaving is Cory Doctorow, author and co-founder of BoingBoing. He is packing up his family and moving to Los Angeles: The short version is that we want to live in a city that's a livable place to work, where we can raise our fami...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/can-cities-be-too-...

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