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WHAT IS THIS WEBSITE FOR ?


Dear Londoner,

In May 2016, Londoners vote for a new Mayor of London to replace Boris Johnson, and for a new London Assembly. This website is part of a campaign to improve dramatically the way that London is run. Improving the way London is run is not a luxury or a 'politician's game'. It is a necessity...

London's population is expanding fast - for a whole host of reasons, and in part due to the global trend towards megacities. At the same time, however, London is competing with other large global centres. In 2015 the number of European professionals working in Shanghai for example will likely approach a quarter of a million, with a large chunk from London.

A worrying extent of London's economic 'added value' is being whittled away. The informal boundaries of London as a region, and commuting distances, are both expanding. The population of the 'London region' will likely exceed 20m in 2016. Whilst London's economy will continue to grow, current trends suggest that relative average incomes per person are set to fall.

These trends are magnifying London's deep-rooted problems. Lower average incomes, longer commutes, rapidly rising population - these factors will increase poverty as people try to balance longer and more expensive journeys to work, against lower outer-London rents.

Against the sheer size of the problems we now face, current transport, housing, anti-poverty, economic development, planning and policing improvements are little more than tinkering. Without more serious reform London could become known as 'Bottleneck City'.

This website is about addressing 'the London problem' - building on London's strengths and vigorously tackling its weaknesses. London's future should not be .... decline !


Best wishes
Paul E M Reynolds

WHAT IS THIS WEBSITE FOR ?


Dear Londoner,

In May 2016, Londoners vote for a new Mayor of London to replace Boris Johnson, and for a new London Assembly. This website is part of a campaign to improve dramatically the way that London is run. Improving the way London is run is not a luxury or a 'politician's game'. It is a necessity...

London's population is expanding fast - for a whole host of reasons, and in part due to the global trend towards megacities. At the same time, however, London is competing with other large global centres. In 2015 the number of European professionals working in Shanghai for example will likely approach a quarter of a million, with a large chunk from London.

A worrying extent of London's economic 'added value' is being whittled away. The informal boundaries of London as a region, and commuting distances, are both expanding. The population of the 'London region' will likely exceed 20m in 2016. Whilst London's economy will continue to grow, current trends suggest that relative average incomes per person are set to fall.

These trends are magnifying London's deep-rooted problems. Lower average incomes, longer commutes, rapidly rising population - these factors will increase poverty as people try to balance longer and more expensive journeys to work, against lower outer-London rents.

Against the sheer size of the problems we now face, current transport, housing, anti-poverty, economic development, planning and policing improvements are little more than tinkering. Without more serious reform London could become known as 'Bottleneck City'.

This website is about addressing 'the London problem' - building on London's strengths and vigorously tackling its weaknesses. London's future should not be .... decline !


Best wishes
Paul E M Reynolds

Feeling pessimistic ? Londoners have become pessimistic about the city's future and even cynical about its leaders. It is important for London's leaders to show clearly how the looming problems can be addressed. It is necessary to show that there is a future in which innovations and bold reforms can create a reinvigorated city....a city which is the envy of the world, and a model for other megacities to emulate. When the Tube was first built for example, did people object by asking 'where has this been tried before ?'. There are no shortages of ideas, only a shortage of optimism.

After all, London is the 'human capital'. It is built on a human scale, with collections of small 'villages' ... and tall buildings only in small clusters. It has been known for its free availability of skills (human capital). In key fields such as finance, media & TV, international law, commercial jurisdiction, and diplomacy, London is the world capital ... of all us humans. The things that hold Londoners back are there to be tackled. And tackle them we shall.

... Enjoy this website. Maybe, just maybe, it will make you a little less pessimistic....