Daisy Buchanan would like to be able to tell you how to spend your money:
A wealthy nightclub owner creates a high-end apartment complex for a group of equally wealthy, attractive, fun-loving young people in their 20s and 30s. Residents are selected according to their perceived “coolness”. City workers are banned.
Doesn’t sound like my cup of tea. But, each to their own. I’m not being forced to buy one.
The number of Londoners under 40 who don’t work in finance and could afford to stump up £800,000 for a one-bed flat probably wouldn’t fill a corner of the proposed pilates roof deck. But even if I were rich, and cool enough, to qualify, I’d still rather live in a cupboard above a chicken shop in Streatham.
And no-one’s stopping you, should that be your choice.
Communities are organic things that won’t simply evolve by creating an upmarket halls of residence and forcing everyone to bond over their Amex Centurion cards.
True enough, though a strange admission. I thought the Left were only too keen on forcing integration and community. In fact, they devote considerable time and sums of (other people’s) money to it, given half a chance.
But then, I thought they weren’t in favour of disparaging language, either, and some of the comments made about the potential buyers of these flats would be yanked by the mods before they’d even finished typing them were they said about other races or creeds…
The scheme may seem silly, but it highlights a much more serious problem.
Oh, of course. Don’t they always?
The housing charity, Centrepoint, has warned that the lack of affordable housing for young people will hit crisis point by 2021.Their research suggests that 934,388 more properties are needed at sub-market rate – of those, 183,333 will be needed in London alone.
So you’re upset that housing is being built for those who, in your view, don’t ‘deserve it’?
But they are going to live somewhere. And if they aren’t taking up space in this area, they might be taking up space in another, and then you’ll be complaining about ‘gentrification’, won’t you?
Residents of Rushcroft Road in Brixton are facing eviction next week, as Lambeth council plans to sell the space to property developers such as Foxtons. According to speakers at last week’s Occupy Foxtons rally, one resident facing eviction had lived in the area for 32 years. London’s property developers aren’t creating new, vibrant communities – they’re tearing them down and replacing them with homogenised, sanitised spaces where real homes once stood.
Because the homes of the people Daisy looks down on don’t contain ‘real people’…
A minority of people might not balk at the price tag for “cool” neighbours and an on-site climbing wall, but they’re not just spending their own money. They’re paying with the homes and lives of people who are powerless against the economic forces that drive them from their own communities.
So, no-one should be allowed to spend their own money until they’ve checked it with you personally?