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Mind the Gap (Zipf's Law): London vs. Manchester and the rest with Evan Davis @EvanHD #SecondCity | by dullhunk
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Mind the Gap (Zipf's Law): London vs. Manchester and the rest with Evan Davis @EvanHD #SecondCity

Unlike other countries, the distribution of population in UK doesn't follow the expected Zipfs law shown by the upper blue line. Manchester, the second city, is a LONG way short of half the size of London -(e.g. approximately 10 million vs approximately 2.5 million)

 

See A Tale of Many Cities by Edward L. Glaeser economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/20/a-tale-of-many-cities/

 

Britain is becoming one country with two economies - London and the rest. In the second of two programmes, Evan Davis asks what the rest of Britain can learn from London's success and whether we can create a city with the pull of the capital, outside the capital - a megacity of the north. See youtu.be/EpUNIKB-WaU and www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03y3y8k (22 minutes in)

 

See also "The case for making Hebden Bridge the UK's second city" www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26472423

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Uploaded on April 24, 2018