BBC London last night's squatter/public housing documentary

Tony Gosling tony at
Thu Jul 12 18:22:24 BST 2012

Arnold Circus - Episode 6 of 6 - Duration: 1 hour

Squatters feature here as part-pioneering council housing! The sixth 
episode features Arnold Circus, in the East End and the story of a 
Victorian social experiment that changed Britain. Arnold Circus is 
home to the first council estate which opened in 1896. The planning 
of the estate, from its lack of pubs to the pattern of the brickwork, 
was deliberate in order to make its residents respectable, as 
previously the land had played host to a notorious crime-ridden slum.
Featuring compelling accounts from residents both past and present, 
this is the story of how Arnold Circus made the difficult journey 
from feared underclass to a self-respecting community; of how it 
became and still is a haven in heart of the City.

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In 1886 Charles Booth embarked on an ambitious plan to visit every 
one of London's streets to record the social conditions of residents. 
His project took him 17 years.
Once he had finished he had constructed a groundbreaking series of 
maps which recorded the social class and standing of inhabitants. 
These maps transformed the way Victorians felt about their capital city.
This series takes six archetypal London streets as they are now, 
discovering how they have fared since Booth's day.
Booth colour coded each street, from yellow for the 'servant keeping 
classes' down to black for the 'vicious and semi-criminal'. With the 
aid of maps the series explores why certain streets have been 
transformed from desperate slums to become some of the most desirable 
and valuable property in the UK, whilst others have barely changed.
This landmark series features residents past and present, exploring 
how what happened on the street in the last 125 years continues to 
shape the lives of those who live there now.
Charles Booth's vast 1886 Survey of London ranks each one of London 
streets according to the class

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