After all the fuss between the London Mayor and local councils about affordable housing targets earlier on in the year, Johnson has announced plans to "review" them.The Mayor unveiled his proposals for changes to the London Plan yesterday evening - this is the blueprint for development for the capital, and outlines the Mayor's thoughts on everything from tall buildings to transport to housing targets.
Under Ken, the London Plan was full of specific targets - crucially, the target of 50,000 new affordable homes by 2012. As recently as February, Boris Johnson was declaring that he remained committed to the target (see EGi's story on this tug-of-war between the Mayor and boroughs), but yesterday he said that the recession had made it even more difficult to meet that already ambitious aim.
This might be a welcome relief for a lot of London councils - although the cynics out there could wonder whether the credit crunch is a rather opportune excuse to drop a contentious issue brought in by Johnson's Labour predecessor.
Inevitably in politics, these things take a long time to become reality. The full proposals will be consulted on until the autumn, when the responses will be considered and plans for a final version to be completed by 2011.
That's two years of consulting and planning, in a very unpredictable market (just look at Nationwide's house price index figures released today.
And, even without the tumultuous market, if rumours of Boris' plans to be Prime Minister are true , we might well be looking at a very different London by then.
Alan Sugar for Mayor, anyone?