Great Divide: How the City of London Widened the Gap between Britain's Rich and Poor

Kate Peters / Institute for TIME

Have and have not 
London ranks as one of the most unequal cities in the developed world

The front window of the grocery store off Lisson Grove lets in very little light, covered as it is with receipts taped to the glass. Each slip documents a bit of credit extended by the shop — a few dollars to one customer for a half-kilo of meat, a few more to another for bread and eggs. The dozens of receipts add up to nearly $500 — testimony to how dire the economy is in this North London neighborhood. "It's very bad now," says owner Ali Farhat, who says that he turns away job seekers several times a day and that...

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