"It must have been six when I reached my flat. I had the top two floors of a high, stuccoed house in what the residents call Notting Hill and the Post Office stubbornly insists is North Kensington. Used syringes glittered in the gutter; at the halal butchers opposite they did the slaughtering on the premises. It was grim. But from the attic extension which served as my office I had a view across west London which would not have disgraced a skyscraper: rooftops, railway yards, motorway and sky - a vast urban-prairie sky, sprinkled with the lights of aircraft descending towards Heathrow. It was this view which had sold me the apartment, not the estate agent's gentrification patter - which was just as well, as the rich bourgeoisie have no more returned to this area than they have to downtown Baghdad." Hi again, Robert Harris: The Ghost - novel. The bold part of the paragraph is really sophisticated for me. The gentrification patter was necessary because the rich people were not willing to return to this area in the same way as rich people are not returning to the war stricken Baghdad area? Did I get it correctly? What is the good interpretation? Thank you.