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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.