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Bigging it up

July 2007

The changing shape of London. How and why is the city expanding?

Bigging it up

London has entered a new period of expansion. The character of the capital is changing rapidly as a result of new building.

Unlike past periods of growth, London is not just growing wider – this time it’s getting taller too!

This article examines the underlying economic (cost of land) and demographic (numbers of people) reasons for these changes.


It is especially relevant for students studying settlement at this A Level, as well as for some GCSE candidates.

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