A tale of two cities: skyscrapers and slums
Part of the Justice, Money and Power series at the City of London Festival 2015.
In recent years London has been garnished with accolades as the world’s best city for business or leisure – with property prices to match. Yet many are uncomfortable with the price of its global success, with soaring property prices pushing young Londoners away in record numbers. For some, landmark achievements from the Shard to post-Olympics redevelopment have been symbols of ‘social cleansing’ to make way for ‘obscene wealth’ rather than causes for celebration. Is London becoming a millionaires’ playground rather than a bustling model of urban living? Is inequality itself a problem, or a failure to tackle underlying problems of infrastructure and housing? Does the City of London need saving from itself?
Future Cities Project; British Council’s Project director, Venice Architecture Biennale
Baroness Kishwer Falkner
Lib Dem spokesman on foreign affairs, House of Lords
policy & campaigns manager, Generation Rent
chair, RSA; panellist, BBC Radio 4 Moral Maze
Academy of Ideas