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Much of Britain’s political and media class, including this magazine, is London-centric. Yet we are London-centric in a careless, nose-in-the-air sort of way. How many of you, for example, know that the city is set to absorb nearly 1m people in the next decade, helping to take the share of foreign-born residents close to 50 per cent? And that housing these people without infringing the green belt will mean increasing the average density of dwellings at least threefold? Even more startling, did you know that London is one of the least dense cities in the west, and if it were…

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