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Data and Chalk Farm

by Mel Starrs on August 11, 2011

in Economics

This is not the blog to comment on the recent rioting – it’s been done to death elsewhere. I’ve been out of the country for most of it, but had I been at home, Chalk Farm is near enough to it to have my mother text to me to see if I’m OK. Evans cycles was looted, and there were disturbances on Monday night until 5am.

Two maps recently released are worth pondering.

Firstly, online property-price US giant Zoopla is trying to break into UK. The image below is their heat map of Chalk Farm:

In contrast, the government (DCLG) published Public Sector Assets in England map. Here’s the same area (green blocks are generally ‘council housing’):

A lot has been written about inequality, with rich and poor rubbing shoulders in London. I just thought these images illustrated that point rather succinctly. I’ve lived in other UK cities but I’ve never seen such contrasts such short distances apart anywhere else (happy to stand corrected).

Is this (part of) the problem? Who knows? Not me.

I’m a sucker for a graphic though.

  • http://www.justpractising.com Su Butcher

    I was immediately reminded of visiting Washington DC where there was a notable change within two streets of the Whitehouse, so much so that all the public buildings seemed like a film set within a sea of poverty.

    I’ve had a look online and have noticed a heat map of Property values - http://www.trulia.com/home_prices/District_Of_Columbia/Washington-heat_map/
    and Crime Reports – http://t.co/BzfaCcR  
    However there isn’t the same sort of noticeable connection that you can see with Chalk Farm. In the UK crime mapping is so limited that the data isn’t available, as far as I am aware. 
    Wonder what our google mashup folks think?