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Must try harder. For the second time, the High Court has ordered the UK government to take more urgent action to reduce air pollution. Superhighway to cycling heaven – or just a hell of a mess? They are “doing more damage to London,” said the former chancellor Lord Lawson in the House of Lords, “than almost anything since the Blitz.”

Superhighway to cycling heaven – or just a hell of a mess?

In the same spirit of absurdist hyperbole, they might be said to be the most transformative public works since Joseph Bazalgette built London’s sewers and river embankments. They are not, but they do have the potential to change the spirit and character of the capital and of other cities that follow the same path, as well as making its transport cleaner, healthier, safer, more efficient and better able to deal with growing pressure of numbers. They might even prove that the city’s former mayor Boris Johnson was capable of doing something right. Regeneration - Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have opened up even greater possibilities by reinventing the southern, more urbanised part of the Lee Valley.

Regeneration - Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

As the owner of two London 2012 venues on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) and 35% of the parklands on it, the Authority has been working closely with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) to establish QEOP as one of the most important visitor destinations in the UK. The Authority sits on joint working groups made up of the LLDC, local authorities and other private and public sector stakeholders to deliver a QEOP which will be at the heart of the capital’s newest and most dynamic urban district made up of world class sport and leisure facilities, an exciting events programme, state-of-the-art industries and thriving neighbourhoods. Cycle Superhighways.

The truth about London's air pollution. “In the morning, this traffic island is packed with children and pushchairs and they are about a metre from all the exhausts,” says Shazia Ali-Webber.

The truth about London's air pollution

She is walking her three boys to school in Hackney, the eldest of whom, Zain, is eight and asthmatic. Crossing choked Mare Street, where the heavy traffic grinds slowly past, is her biggest concern. “Children’s lung development is affected by air pollution: they have smaller lungs for life,” she says. Mayor refuses permission for development to protect Green Belt. Building on the green belt crucial to solving London's housing crisis. In a city with demand for housing as high as London, it might seem odd for the mayor to intervene to stop office space and commercial properties being redeveloped as new homes.

Building on the green belt crucial to solving London's housing crisis

Yet that’s exactly what Boris Johnson did last week, by publishing new guidance aimed at preserving the capital’s “central activities zone”, which runs from Paddington to Aldgate, for retail, office, cultural and business use, and to ensure that these areas don’t get lost to new housing. While no one doubts the urgent need to address London’s housing crisis – around 50,000 new homes are needed each year for the next decade to meet demand – supporting the city centre as a place to work and do business will be just as vital in ensuring that London continues to be a successful global economic centre in the years to come. The Observer view on London’s wealth gap. The cliche of London as a tale of two cities is well-worn.

The Observer view on London’s wealth gap

But new research published by the Trust for London shows it is deservedly so. Striking new figures show that the proportion of households classified as either poor or wealthy has grown across the country in recent decades, leaving a shrinking middle. But it is in London that the trend is by far the most pronounced. London is now a city of contradictions. It is the richest part of the country, but also its most unequal, with the highest levels of poverty. Why Greater London should be made into an urban national park. Last year I visited all 15 of the UK's national parks.

Why Greater London should be made into an urban national park

I explored windswept tors, hidden gorges, wild waters and enjoyed the view from the top of Britain's highest peaks. During this journey I could see something was missing: a major urban habitat. Covering up to 7% of the UK, urban areas are recognised by Natural England as a distinct habitat, and by that definition London is truly remarkable. Garden Bridge - Introducing London’s iconic new landmark. The Proposal - Greater London National Park City. 47 per cent of London is green space: Is it time for our capital to become a national park? High up on a grassy hillock alive with wild flowers, a man wearing a beard and sturdy shoes addresses more than 100 young explorers.

47 per cent of London is green space: Is it time for our capital to become a national park?

The sun strikes their faces and the surrounding landscape. It would be a scene of bucolic wonder were it not for the bottle tops and fag ends at their feet, the concrete and glass blocks that dominate the skyline, and the rumble of flight paths, railways and the frantic Mile End road. Yet former geography teacher Daniel Raven-Ellison, who has to shout to be heard, has come to an oasis of green in what feels like East London’s grey desert to present a radical vision for the capital. He believes passionately that the eight million people inside the city – and everyone outside it – should change the way they see it.

The Urban Wild Project - Green Roofs, London. Crossrail in numbers. Crossrail is among the most significant infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK.

Crossrail in numbers

From improving journey times across London, to easing congestion and offering better connections, Crossrail will change the way people travel around the capital. General Crossrail info Crossrail is Europe’s largest construction project – work started in May 2009 and there are currently over 10,000 people working across over 40 construction sites. The Crossrail effect: the top property hotspots along the Elizabeth line tipped for house price growth. Asking prices for homes along the newly named Elizabeth line — already affectionately nicknamed the Lizzie line — have soared by up to a third in 12 months, and new research suggests the gravy train may have plenty of steam for years to come.

The Crossrail effect: the top property hotspots along the Elizabeth line tipped for house price growth

There are no losers, though there are very definite outperformers. Exclusive research from Rightmove reveals the best-performing sections of the train line formerly known as Crossrail are those at its furthest reaches. While no great revelation for property veterans, novice home seekers should bear this point in mind. The best investment areas include plain-Jane but affordable Abbey Wood in south-east London, and ravishingly pretty and desirable Taplow, an affluent commuter town in south Buckinghamshire. Meanwhile, a new report by property consultant CBRE, published today, predicts that average prices around Elizabeth line stations will increase 3.3 per cent per year above local house price growth until the line launches in 2018/19.

Map Shows Largest Migrant Population In London. London is a melting pot.

Map Shows Largest Migrant Population In London

According to the 2011 Census, one in three people (37%) in London were born outside the UK. So where is everyone coming from and where are they are moving to in the capital? The map below displays the largest migrant populations by country of birth in each of London's 32 boroughs. The darker the shade of the flag, the larger percentage of people from that country were born abroad.

What's The Effect Of Immigration On London? With net migration to the UK reaching an all-time high and a refugee crisis sweeping Europe, we wanted to know what the effect of immigration on London has been. We asked Jonathan Portes, Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and a Senior Fellow in the ESRC's UK in a Changing Europe programme.

Read more of his research on immigration. Professor Paul Collier, a respected development economist at Oxford University, and author of an influential book arguing for a more restrictive immigration policy, wrote recently that “the 2011 census revealed that the indigenous had become a minority in their own capital”. By “indigenous” he meant “white British” — apparently if you’re a black, Asian or mixed-Briton London isn’t “your capital”. London Datastore. Britain's fastest growing cities are all in the south – and its shrinking ones all in the north. The long-awaited 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics are finally here -- long-awaited, of course, because it’s been painfully clear for a long time now that these games are going to be an ungodly, nightmarish, train wreck of a mega event. Forget those campy, ultra-high-def slow-mo montages of athletes strutting their stuff as the music from “Chariots of Fire” plays in the background that seem to appear on the world's TV stations every time the Olympics rolls round: the main reason people are paying attention this timeis out of some sadistic desire to see just how miserable a flop the 2016 games are going to be.

Yes, it’s been one of those Olympics, where everything that can go wrong does go wrong, and everything that can’t go wrong goes wrong anyway. That something had truly gone afoul during the preparation for Rio’s cherished mega-event had already become apparent well over a year ago to many outside observers (cough, cough, told you so). Runner up: Porto Maravilha Plan. 2011 UK census webmaps and layers available in ArcGIS Online — Esri UK. We have been working on improving the way to access UK census data and have provided 2011 UK census data as a series of dynamic map services allowing users to change symbology, view pop-ups and carry out analysis using the data in the ArcGIS Online Platform. These services will replace the Census map services currently available for the UK through the free Esri UK Online services.

These services will be retired on the 8th of December 2014. The Census web maps and layers available through ArcGIS Online take five of the key themes from the 2011 UK Census and symbolise these using three sub-themes for comparison purposes. London's Olympic legacy: a suburb on steroids, a cacophony of luxury stumps.

‘Legacy,” said Sebastian Coe, the triumphant chair of the London 2012 bid, when the UK capital won the right to host the Olympic games, “is probably nine-tenths of what this process is about – not just 16 days of Olympic sport.” Four years on, his nebulous L word has become a tangible thing, a concept that rambles across 560 acres of east London’s Lower Lea Valley, in the form of housing, shopping malls and some rather large sheds. You can now live, work and play in the Olympic legacy, and shop and eat there too, while marvelling at the cranes busy summoning further chunks of legacy from the ground.

That London has a lasting physical inheritance from its two-week £12bn jamboree is indisputable, but what kind of place is the promised Legacy-land turning out to be? East Village London E20. Named “London’s Hippest Postcode”, East Village is a vibrant neighbourhood attracting people of all ages and interests to our corner of East London with its unique offering of retailers, exciting events, and great community activities. Nearly 6,000 people – and 23 retailers – now call East Village home, and over the coming years it’s set to grow further. These new developments will bring further regeneration, more residents, additional retail and commercial space and an even greater buzz to our growing neighbourhood.

With an emphasis on attracting new and interesting independent retailers, you can find yourself enjoying a morning coffee and cake at Italian bakery & pasticceria Signorelli, browsing for children’s clothes and homewares at Olive Loves Alfie East, and enjoying cocktails at Tina, We Salute You. That’s before even mentioning the array of other restaurants, shops, bars and services available in E20, which will soon total 30 in number. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Olympic legacy: which housing areas have won gold? Olympic Park legacy starting to fulfil its huge expectations. London 2012 and the Lower Lea Valley. Olympics 2012 have changed the Lower Lea Valley beyond recognition. Regeneration - Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. KS3 FactSheet EastEndregeneration 2. GEOCASES: Case Study: Urban Regeneration: The London Olympics 2012.

The area where London is a world-leader: its polluted air. The truth about London's air pollution. Cycle Superhighways. London calling for an end to its housing crisis - Co-operative News. Businesses impacted by London’s housing shortage. London housing shortage one of Britain's 'biggest public policy failures of the last 50 years' London will be left behind unless policymakers address housing crisis. London-map-deprivation-improved-accessibility. Poverty and inequality in London. Urban greening in the City of London.

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