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    Proportion of residential zones, London

    Dear board,

    I am a reseacher working towards the initiation of a research-driven blog. I hope you can either answer this question, or send me in the direction of someone who can.

    My intuitive contention is that, in London (and some other British cities), there has been, and still is, an ongoing, proportional increase in residential areas. As residential provision increases, so space for other purposes dwindles.

    Any relevant contacts, thoughts, documents would be immensely valuable to my work.

    Many thanks,
    Matt

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    Cyburbian JimPlans's avatar
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    This is not only occurring in London, but is being actively planned for:

    The London Plan > Industrial Land Studies

    Conversion of industrial lands to other uses is an issue facing many local governments today.

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    Hi JimPlans,

    Thanks for the link. That's perfect.

    I'm also interested if the policy trend applies to less industrial-estate-type zones but also other use buildings being turned to a residential purpose. For example churches, erstwhile shops and office complexes.

    I sense a sneaking increase in the general volume of residential provision, in London at least.

    Thanks again,
    Matt

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    I have seen anecdotal evidence in places like New York, Toronto and Boston for the conversion of commercial and institutional uses to residential, but I know of no comprehensive studies of this trend. I would suspect that it is confined to prosperous, dense, older cities that have high-quality buildings that could be reused for residential purposes.

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    back in the early 80's New York City did a study on the rate of conversion of manufacturing loft space to residential use. IIRC the study focused on the areas of SoHo and Tribeca.

    I'm not aware of any more contemporary studies.

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    For your future research needs I suggest you obtain a copy of Ellen Dunham-Jones' book, "Retrofitting Suburbia." This book provides case studies about reusing and redeveloping buildings and blocks of buildings that were typically constructed away from the central cities. This type of construction is what led to the massive urban sprawl the US has seen since the end of WWII.

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