Saturday, 15 June 2013

London Real Estate Forum, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, You Tube

London - an "exciting Monopoly game": 

says Mayor Boris Johnson

Last Monday evening (June 10) Mayor of London Boris Johnson opened the first London Real Estate Forum inside a plush marquee in Berkeley Square in Mayfair, writes Paul Coleman. 
As you’ll see from the short clip, Johnson evokes the spirit of the game of Monopoly to praise London’s property developers.
   He tub-thumps a podium in a swanky marquee to congratulate delegates, registered at up to £995 + VAT for the two-day event, for "the wonderful things you are doing for our city".

Mayor of London Boris Johnson (2nd right) scans a model...
...of London at the London Real Estate Forum

The establishment of the London Real Estate Forum means property developers and their development partners – London’s local elected councillors – will accelerate the spread of luxury penthouses, apartments and homes from central London areas like Westminster and Kensington to outlying areas such as Woodberry Down, Elephant and Castle, Battersea and Earls Court, and to the Royal Docks.
   Politicians call this process ‘regeneration’ but people say this process will mean Londoners on average and lower incomes will no longer be able to live in their traditional neighbourhoods where their families have lived for generations.
Judge for yourself how keen you think the Mayor is for the prime central residential property market to lay claim to other parts of London.

Paul Coleman, London Intelligence, June 2013

Words & Film © Paul Coleman, London Intelligence, 2013.

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