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Upper Edmonton (Postcode N18 and E4) is a part of Edmonton, which is located in the eastern part of the London Borough of Enfield, England. The main shopping area of Upper Edmonton is often referred to as "The Angel" by locals (due to its location, Angel Edmonton a former public house that was demolished in the mid 20c to make improvements to the North Circular Road ) and is situated between Lower Edmonton (N9) and Tottenham (N17).
Upper Edmonton was once one of the most influential parts of the Borough of Enfield. It is still home to the offices of the area's major political constitutions and provides a range of public services, including the NHS North Middlesex University Hospital.
The area is one of the most multicultural in North London, including Afro-Caribbean, Black African, Albanian, Bangladeshi, Chinese, Greek (from Cyprus and Greece), Portuguese, Pakistani, Somalian and Turkish (from Cyprus and Turkey) communities. The houses of worship in Upper Edmonton reflect this diversity: one of the most visited Muslim mosques in the area, the Edmonton Islamic Centre Al-Masjid, as well as churches of varied denominations, such as Evangelical and Greek Orthodox churches, are located there.
In recent years, the area has undergone a huge structural transformation, of which some work is still undergoing, as part of the government's aim to provide the community with a wider range of shops & public facilities.
As in many other parts of the city, a major concern is the level of violent crime, which has steadily increased over the past few years. The cooperated effort from local role models and celebrities to work with government to provide education for local youths is one of the most concentrated methods of trying to overcome this problem. But has shown no signs of success and crime rates continue to rise. This includes two stabbings of teenagers in the first month of 2008 alone, giving Edmonton the nickname "Shank Town" with the youths of today.