Selling England's Cobbled Streets for Profit

For years, the north of England has been losing population, but it’s not just people who are migrating


| September-October 2000



For years, the north of England has been losing population to the more prosperous south, but according to The Economist (March 11, 2000), it’s not just people who are migrating—it’s their roads as well. Turns out the cobbled streets and natural stone paving that make northern England so quaint are in great demand among housing developers in the south—so much so that prospectors are literally ripping them out of the ground and selling them at a hefty profit to southern homeowners.