Related to my mention of new developments near where I live, I found this bbc online article which suggests that the following are signs of an "on the up" area.

  • Ethnic Cuisine
  • Thicker telephone directories
  • Crowded public transport
  • Better school results
  • Neighbourhood watch schemes
  • More burglar alarms
  • More skips and scaffolding
  • Graffiti disappearing
  • Planning notices appear
  • More traffic wardens

If someone could somehow gather all this information, quantify it and create a google maps mashup, I think it'd be a winner!

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