The suburban food basket

ImageFarhat ‘Turkish, Greek, English & Continental’ grocery: 130 Shenley Road, Borehamwood

Exciting times. My ongoing interest in Borehamwood’s history of spatial/social evolution from being the ‘British Hollywood‘ in the 1920s and 30s, to the site of an LCC overspill estate project in the 1950s, to – arguably – its transformation into a London suburb in the 1970s has just been revived by a grant, with colleagues from the UCL Health and Social Surveys Research Group (HSSRG) for a pilot study: ‘The suburban food basket: the role of spatial setting and social context in providing access to healthy food‘.

A study for the layout of a new residential neighbourhood (extract from the 1949 Housing Manual)

Shaun Scholes, Jenny Mindell and I (with advice from Angela Donkin, whose work on access to healthy food inspired this project) will explore how the availability and costs of healthy food baskets vary across spatial location, socio-economic position, and religion or culture in Borehamwood.

I proposed in Making connections: the case of Borehamwood that social/economic differences are reflected by the differing patterns of street accessibility in the area. It will be interesting to see if this is borne out by our study.


‘ THEIR OWN HOME AT LAST’ – Article in Everybody’s weekly September 11th 1954

Author: (sub)urbanite

Professor of Urban Form and Society and Director of the Space Syntax Lab, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Online in a personal capacity.

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