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If academics want to help left-behind areas, why don’t they move there themselves?

A series of subsidised houses could help tackle regional inequality—and begin tackling the structures that mean some places benefit from the networks of globalisation while others are left out

By Eric Lybeck  

In 1882, the Old Town Edinburgh ward of St Giles was among the most impoverished parts of the city. It was also the site of the University of Edinburgh, then celebrating its 300th anniversary—just over a century after the peak of the Scottish Enlightenment which had bestowed upon the nascent industrial revolution its moral warrant.

How could these two conditions—poverty and progress—exist together in the same place? The university stood…

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