"Said to be the most expensive residential development ever built, One Hyde Park embodies London’s rising status as an international tax haven, which has many Britons crying foul. An investigation of the complex’s offshore owners reveals the face of the new global super-wealthy—and they aren’t from Goldman Sachs."
I would now like to read an SF novel about the Zeroth World, where loosely allied groups of city-state arcologies full of 1 percenters go about their tax-shielded, high speed traded businesses.
Does that book exist? It must.
London is probably the most provincial city in the UK. There is so much guff here which people care about that nobody outwith the M25 could give a stuff about.
Looking at that whole Alpha++ chart, it seems like most countries that have an Alpha-something city have that and nothing else. It's not that England is unique in having London and nothing else, it's the US that is unique for having New York and something else.
London has been a magnet for the international rich for more than 500 years. The Medicis were sending bankers to London in the early 15th century. Nothing wrong in that. But it’s only in recent decades that expat millionaires — along with a fair few domestic ones, like Richard Rogers, the starchitect who turned two neighbouring Chelsea houses into one echoing white void — have started tearing up the city’s old -fabric.
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