We find resources for the discussion at hand on the intertube pages at Atlantic Cities again and again. A youngish writer leaves the higher profile parts of London for its more anonymous suburban reaches in the piece linked below. We enjoyed this item because it got us thinking about the contrast between the author’s notion of suburban and what constitutes that reality in North America.
London was a massive city long before the present era, one in which places with eight or ten million people are shilling-a-dozen. With its long head start London has an extensive transit network, the likes of which is unmatched in North America with the exception of New York City. In terms of population density and automobile ownership London is not suburban in American and Canadian terms though the latter statistic has risen considerably in most of the UK since the 1980s. Dare we think that the 100 year-old suburbs of London represent a denser, better connected model for communities half the age or less in North America? Or is it apples and oranges? If suburbs in North America grow deliberately into better places will they attract creative people, writers in a way they really do not at the moment? An interesting question.
photo: Birkbeck Station in south London
Chris McKenna via Wikimedia Commons