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"In the UK and France, people desire the center of the city and thus affordable housing is located, generally, at the periphery of such cities" I don't think this is particularly accurate re London. I've lived here for 12 years, in 6 very different parts of London, but always in Zone 2 and always as a fairly middle class person in a fairly decent home. I've never lived more than a block or two from a council estate, and my experience is completely typical. There is cheaper housing in the outskirts, but there is a large amount of council housing in Zones 1 and 2 (in US terms, Zone 1 - the very centre - would roughly be Manhattan, as it includes the very richest areas, and Zone 2 could be thought of as Brooklyn). And the affordable, central, subsidised housing is not concentrated in large, isolated ghettos; it's integrated into the local housing infrastructure. London is much more economically integrated than New York or other American cities. Sadly, this means that politicians and some selfish parents find other ways to avoid economically integrated schools. The "free [ie charter] school" movement is in part a means for middle class parents to cluster their children together into the best urban schools.
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Mar 15, 2010