Londoners Rethink Epic Luxury Housing Developments

Mayor Boris Johnson says no to a Mayfair project
Residential and commercial properties stand in front of the Swiss Re building in London Photograph by Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

London Mayor Boris Johnson is widely viewed as a friend of developers who have ambitious plans for the central area of the city. Johnson has often “called-in”—that is, vetoed—decisions by local London councils to reject a development. Construction of luxury housing has flourished in the fancier neighborhoods of Mayfair and Knightsbridge.

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