|Link to The Economist|
"CYCLING north through London, you experience the city’s history. Bloomsbury has grand 18th-century mansions. Farther out, in Camden, you pass pretty Victorian terraces. In Finchley, the houses are neat 1930s villas. And then the city simply stops.
"At the edge of the pre-war suburbs of Barnet there are fields.
"Traffic fumes give way to bird calls and the acrid smell of smoke from a bonfire on a nearby farm. This scraggy patch of land, part of London’s green belt, has been protected from the bulldozers for nearly 60 years. Some in the government would like to relax the belt a few notches."