Building a Fanbase – football and housing

Football grounds 2 (2)There are plenty of reasons to welcome new housing in our neighbourhood. It’s a fundamental human need, and one we’re uncomfortably short of.

But here’s one reason you may not have considered – more homes could be just what your local football club needs to gain an edge over its rivals.

Here I look at which football clubs have the fastest growing local population, and future fanbase.

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England’s Southward tilt

2014-based 20yr growthEngland’s population is shifting further south according to the latest official population projections. The overall population is growing fast, and growing almost everywhere, but the growth is disproportionately in London and the South East.

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Why driverless cars need road tolls

Credit Flickr Smoothgroover22Self-driving cars are coming, and a very good thing too – trying to steer them ourselves has killed tens of millions. But what unintended consequences might they have? It’s rash to predict, but how about: new jaywalking laws, the end of parking meters, and a desperate need for congestion charging.

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What role for Garden Cities?


London is growing by 100,000 people a year, and the next Mayor needs to double housebuilding. It’s tough finding space to do that within London. Could new or expanded towns outside London take some of the strain? A new report by Quod with homelessness charity Shelter finds they could help, but cannot be the only answer.

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London is not a low-rise city

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Up or Out? How is London going to grow? Many planned new towers have prompted a backlash from some wishing to preserve London’s skyline. But is London’s self-image as a low-rise city really justified? Quod’s report with homelessness Charity Shelter uses new analysis to look at how tall London really is.

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When Brownfield is Not Enough


In the debate about London’s housing shortage, Brownfield is often talked of as if there were vast swathes of unused land waiting to be reclaimed. The truth is, almost all London’s land is already used for something, and changing its use is slow, expensive and hard. Brownfield must deliver much of the housing London needs, but a new report by Quod and homelessness charity Shelter finds that brownfield will not be enough, and urges the next mayor not to rule out other approaches.

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Volkswagen: the human cost

Emissions standards are designed to save lives. When the world’s largest car maker cheats those standards, people are likely to have died as a result. Why then, does the media choose to cover this as mainly as a “consumer rights” issue, rather than a public health one?

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