Airport City

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:
Airport City

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This chapter discusses the city of Heston, a developing and prospering city which is faced with the issues of aircraft noise, traffic congestion, pollution and strong sense that the quality of life has diminished and is still diminishing. Until very recently, whites and Indians have lived there together in a stable, social and secure community with a good quality of life. In a sense, Heston exemplifies a peaceful, contented, middle-class multicultural way of life. But many people, from different ethnic and cultural groups, are now very discontented. They wanted to move out because they feel that the area is going downhill and some that remain see this as a failure. Most of the interviewed cited the arrival of asylum seekers whom they blame for rising crime and harassment. While many were discontented, some felt relatively content. The newest arrivals were the most contradictory and the least consistent. Some found the place as convenient without feeling any long-term commitment to the area and some were downwardly unhappy and felt isolated. Heston is a community in danger of ceasing to be a community; that community might well rebuild itself elsewhere, but Heston's future lays in the balance.

Keywords: Heston; aircraft noise; traffic congestion; pollution; middle-class multicultural; ethnic; cultural groups; asylum seekers; rising crime; harassment

Chapter.  14708 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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