Dockless bike-share hits the UK

ObikeChina’s “Rainbow wars” are coming to the UK, as rival bike share firms set up – Ofo in Cambridge, Mobike in Manchester, and this week Singapore’s Obike arrived in London. Pay attention, because if China is anything to go by, this is going to be big.

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What role for Garden Cities?

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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

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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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London Reborn

Operation_Pied_PiperOn January 6th 2015, or thereabouts, London hits an extraordinary milestone – the population finally catches up with its 1939 peak population – from now on it will be an all-time high. Has any other city in history bounced back from losing two and a quarter million people?

Seventy five years on: same population, but an utterly different city. Here I take a look at how things have changed.

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Is London too small?

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Is it time to redraw the map of London to reflect the reality of its huge economic pull on the wider south-east? New data released last week shows what an even “greater” London might look like.

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Is the Green Belt sustainable?

Accessible Green BeltIs it time the debate about the Green Belt got specific? It may have a part to play in solving the housing crisis, but only if we can make the really hard site-by-site decisions about where. This post aims to help start that debate on specifics, with a map you can explore.

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Is Central London really “Hollowing Out”?

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Is London really “hollowing out”, as the international super-rich use a Chelsea address as an asset class, not a place to live? The idea gained momentum when the Census revealed the population of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) had fallen, leading to stories of “lights-out London”, but the reality is more subtle.

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