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Article review sheet: Geography review November- housing issues
Overview of the article
This article looks at the issues that result from a growing population on housing in London
which has led to higher housing prices. It explores the reasons for the increasing demand on
housing in London which include:
foreign investment (investment from foreign wealthy investors has led to some areas
of London becoming more attractive )
migration (increased number of people purchasing properties of all kinds in London,
migrants are attracted to London as there is a large range of jobs available, racial
tolerance is strong in the city, some migrants also seek further education in universities)
Gentrification (regeneration of formally run down areas by richer people who move
into the area. It can mean building extensions, or adaptations to roofs to include roof
gardens, services in gentrified areas increase such as high quality butchers replacing old
newsagents, and smarter restaurants replacing traditional cheaper cafes. Gentrification
leads to house prices rising and conflicts between newcomers and original residents.
Rising rents or house prices mean residents may have to move away from the area
natural increase (nappy valley-area of London that has a high rate of natural increase
and made up of professional couples with young families which are living in the city and
not on the urban rural fringe like previously preferred, because the cost of commuting
into the city for work is too high, the popularity of this area of London for young
families is increasing so it is likely more houses will be needed her in the future.
Parasitic singles- these are single people who live with their parents beyond the age of
30 as they cannot to buy or rent a property. The amount of these are growing and this
means birth rates will decrease as they are delaying having children, and this could
increase ageing population in the city)
High rise housing (london's population is expected to grow by 10% by 2030 so there
are plans to build more high rise buildings but those which are of better quality than the
high rise buildings of the 1960's. They will also contain commercial, retail and
entertainment facilities.
What are the places discussed in the article and are they regional, national or local in scale?
Local scale(mainly focuses on London and specific areas of London)
List some key facts and figures for supporting detail
London has a population of over 12 million and this is expected to rise by 10% by 2030 which
puts even more strain on housing.
The population is growing due to an increase in younger families and parasitic singles
Rich professionals regenerating ruin down areas lead to an area becoming higher in value
meaning prices of houses and rents increase.
Migration into the city is high as there is a larger availability of jobs
Did anything surprise you? Summarize briefly what you learnt from the article

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Natural increase due to younger families (nappy valley and parasitic singles) has led to the
population of inner London increasing even more. Families are now attracted to cities more
than urban rural areas as the prices to commute to work are too high to live outside the city.…read more


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