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Transit Centre

Peter Hall

in London voices, London lives

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349842
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302711 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349842.003.0004
Transit Centre

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This chapter discusses Upton Park, another area emblematic of London. It is a place in a state of constant toing and froing; a place of new arrivals, who might later move on to live elsewhere or they may even form local roots. Of all the places studied, Upton Park is the nearest to the archetype described by the Chicago sociologists in the 1920s. Upton Park is a zone of transition where people come and go. For those who come in, most are trying to put a foot on the first rung of the ladder of economic success and social ambition. Those who have left have already climbed that first rung, and have developed higher aspirations, which this place, this zone of the city, can no longer satisfy. Therefore, Upton Park in this sense, and places like it, always serve as the city's ever-revolving door.

Keywords: Upton Park; new arrivals; zone of transition; London; local roots; economic success; social ambition

Chapter.  20032 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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