London Income Analysis
Levels of economic disproportion
London is a city with a rich history spanning many centuries. Over the years, different towns, previously not part of the capital, have expanded and stitched themselves together to form the metropolis we know today. The Industrial Revolution compounded this phenomenon with the introduction of faster production technology and shifting economic conditions.
New developments sprung up to house workers brought in from the surrounding countryside to staff new and rapidly growing industries in the city. This not only changed the identity of the physical landscape, it also has left enduring effects on social dynamics. It has been suggested that the east-west divide has been a legacy of this – the prevailing wind would blow factory smoke across the city to the east, driving those who could afford west towards cleaner and fresher air.