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Major redesign for Olympicopolis to save St Paul’s views

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At last, but just a drop in the ocean for London and indeed for everywhere. London deserved at last a mayor who put the quality of life of the citizens before personal enrichment of a few. All towns and villages deserve one. And architects are struggling to cram a minimum volume onto a piece of land that probably cannot digest such a density of human activity. I can't understand how anyone can believe developers when they whine about having to build a minimum of volume to make the “operation“ feasible. Land price, finance and building cost, on one side of the table and sellable floor area x current selling price on the other, and he always complains about having just too small a margin in the bottom right hand corner of his spread-sheet. Well that's his problem, and a small one compared to the impact his supposed miscalculations has regularly on communities and for generations. And we all know his profit is in reality more than juicy in reality. If the permitted density were to be defined by politicians in the long-term interest of their communities, the variable which is the buying price of the land would adjust automatically to guarantee the poor developers juicy profit. And millions of citizens for generations to would be able to live in more people friendly towns. The landowners would be the only ones less happy, but then again I'm sure they would still be able to make enough money not to have to actually work like the rest of us. I sincerely hope that politicians everywhere take example.

Posted date

3 March, 2017

Posted time

11:26 am

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