Inequality in elite neighbourhoods
A case study from central London
in How the other half lives
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This chapter traces the genealogy of a central London street – in terms of its housing and residents – from the late nineteenth century to today, drawing on interviews, observations and analysis of commercial housing data and news media. It makes two contributions. First, its study of an elite neighbourhood from a distinctive scale and temporality – one street over several decades – illustrates the importance of the character of the built environment in shaping patterns of spatial and social inequality, as well as actions of the local government. Second, the chapter considers how over-arching spatial narratives of a place can overlook complex and diverse histories within urban spaces.

How the other half lives

Interconnecting socio-spatial inequalities


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