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How India got its funk
London’s suburbs and commuter towns are suffering from the growing gravitational pull of the inner city
CROYDON, on London’s southern fringe, has never been chic. It is known for the “Croydon facelift”, a painfully awkward hairstyle, as well as for being the setting of “Peep Show”, a TV sitcom featuring painfully awkward characters. The town has nonetheless seen better days. Between 2001 and 2011 it lost 20,000 jobs, or around 15% of the total. Its house prices remain 9% lower than they were five years ago. Though its leafy southern parts are full of affluent commuters, the northern half of the town increasingly resembles a poor part of inner London: discount stores and payday lenders predominate. Riots there in 2011 were as bad as anywhere in the city.
Across London’s suburban …
Link to article: www.economist.com/news/britain/21584004-londons-suburbs-and-commuter-towns-are-suffering-growing-gravitational-pull?fsrc=rss