The Secret History of Our Streets - London by Joseph BulmanThe Secret History of Our Streets explores one of the great forces shaping our lives: property. Why we live where we live, and how that choice informs the lives we lead.
In a modern version of Charles Booths 1886 Survey of London, this remarkable book tells the story of six London streets, representing the widest possible picture of the city both socially and geographically. Each has a fascinating story of its own. Together, their stories reveal the big underlying forces that have shaped Britain for the last 120 years: gentrification, migration, slum clearance, property speculation and the urban sprawl.
The six streets and larger themes they address are Deptford High Street - the mania for re-development, slum clearances; Portland Road - gentrification and super-gentrification (the rich being pushed out by the super-rich); Reverdy Road - the white working class, the Blitz and redevelopment; Caledonian Road - ownership and landlords, the prison; Arnold Circus - public housing; Camberwell Grove - the disappearance of rural idyll, the rise of the suburbs.
Sorry, no compatible source and playback technology were found for this video. Try using another browser like Chrome or download the latest Adobe Flash Player. Sorry, video is not available for your device…. In Charles Booth embarked on an ambitious plan to visit every street in London to record the social conditions of residents. The project took 17 years and transformed our view of the city. Camberwell Grove is an elegant oddity - a broad, leafy street of fine Georgian houses set in the seething inner city.
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