Mapping inequalities in London

Benjamin D. Hennig, Danny Dorling

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Abstract

London is a divided city whose divisions are often discussed, but far less often revealed, through cartographic visualization. By looking at five key indicators, this paper provides an introductory overview of the spatial divides that exist within London using a novel cartographic technique. The paper discusses education, child poverty, income, employment in the financial industry, and life expectancy, and looks at the existing spatial patterns of these indicators. These patterns are not mapped in a conventional way but use a gridded cartogram which gives everyone equal space. What can be seen in these maps and statistics is the fragmented nature of London, which is not only a 'tale of two cities ', but a patchwork of divisions that permeate many parts of the city. Measures to tackle these problems are needed, but seeing them where they are most apparent is a first step in understanding them and finding appropriate solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-28
Number of pages8
JournalBulletin of the Society of Cartographers
Volume47
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Other keywords

  • Cartograms
  • Cartography
  • Inequality
  • London
  • Maps

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