London is the capital of England and has been a major city in Western Europe since its founding 2,000 years ago. This city began as a successful port situated on the River Thames, but has grown into an international cultural capital and financial center, boasting a host of successful industries. However, the desirability of crowded London has led to soaring real estate costs and a dramatic lack of affordable housing. This resulted in a spike in overcrowded homes and homelessness, and has contributed to air pollution difficulties. London has also been the target of terrorist attacks.

City leaders are executing a plan to increase the supply of affordable homes and facilitate access to housing resources, but recognize that still more homes are needed. The city’s decades of experience confronting violent terrorism have honed the skills of its police and security services to keep citizens safe and prevent most attacks. London also offers other cities a model for confronting poor air quality and pollution, having spent the last several years developing green spaces, devising the world’s largest congestion pricing traffic scheme, and mandating strict emissions codes.

Resilience Challenges

  • Endemic Crime and Violence
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Terrorism

Snapshot of London

  • 8,200,000

    population as of 2011

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