This isn’t fucking Dalston:

After numerous arguments with mini-cab drivers and estate agents about what is and isn’t Dalston, I decided to use my Masters dissertation to find out.

I walked 4.5km down the A10 stopping every 200m or so to ask 10 unsuspecting passers by ... “Excuse me, what area is this?”

I compared my findings to a comprehensive analysis of the built environment to see if there was any relationship between peoples perception of what defines place and the physical environment around them.

In contrast to urban design literature, my results show that place identity is only minutely affected by the built environment, and that social relations have a much more significant influence.

You can download my whole dissertation here.