London – The Evolving City

Change is a constant. It’s what makes life interesting.

  • I’ve covered some of the issues it throws up for communities here

The video animation below shows how London developed and the part its roads played in that development over 2000 years.

Along the way we see the intervention of planning and Local authorities, changes in population resulting from migration and immigration and more.

I live not far away from a major arterial road which is Roman in origin. You probably do too … and what’s especially interesting about that is what means for the future. Roads and the traffic they generate brings benefits, but also exacts costs – environmental and social. The image below is from Clean Air London. It highlights the zone where nitrous oxide levels are dangerously high and where they will tip towards the ‘red’ danger zone very soon if nothing changes. This gif which I shared a few years back puts it well – more clean public transport and cycling, less polluting cars.

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