Texto publicado no NY Times de 02/07/2007, sobre a introdução de portagens no centro de Londres (o que, de acordo com o mito urbano de menos carros = menos pessoas, teria levado ao fim do comércio e à saída da população).
The negative side effects predicted by opponents never materialized. The retail sector in the zone has seen increases in sales that have significantly exceeded the national average. London's theater district, which largely falls within the zone, has been enjoying record audiences. People are still flocking to London — they're simply doing so in more efficient and less polluting ways.