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February 3, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;127(5):290-291. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860050038018

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Jan. 6, 1945.

Plan for Decentralizing London's Population  The unplanned growth of the largest city in the world has involved great evils. Between the two wars the population of greater London increased from 8,500,000 to 10,000,000. There was an orgy of house building, and new industries sprang up on sites unrelated to the shifting homes of the people. The average man of the new suburban housing estates travels 16 miles a day, at an annual cost of $60, to get to and from his work. London's uncontrolled expansion became a scamper over the adjacent counties which produced little 'more than a jumble of building, services and transportation facilities, involving a waste of social capital, productive effort and human health and strength, overrunning valuable farm land, open spaces and beauty spots and enlarging the wilderness of stone and brick in which men live in juxtaposition but

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