Olympics and the Lower Lee: Direct local environmental impacts
The Olympic zone is located between Homerton Road and Stratford High Road,
which incorporates the Bow Back Rivers. These comprise the Old River Lea,
Waterworks River, City Mill River, Pudding Mill River and Bow Back River.
The zone lies along the east side of the Lea Navigation. Read the whole article
London's Olympic Myths by Kevin Blowe, November 2004
After the disaster of the Millennium Dome, the delays and spiralling costs of the new Wembley Stadium and the abandoned plans to stage the 2005 World Athletics Championships at Picketts Lock in Enfield, you would expect us all to be sceptical of the government's competence in handling international events or large-scale 'regeneration' projects...
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The Olympic Games : Winners and Losers
The London 2012 public relations assault is now in full flow, and for the organisers it needs to be. When the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decides who is to host the 2012 Games, the level of public support in the candidate city is one important factor. So we’re told that if the Games come to East London, East Londoners will win in every way possible: regeneration, jobs, the local economy, the environment, more facilities etc. One way of finding out if these promises are real is to look at recent Olympics (and other Games) and see how people in the host cities fared... Read the whole article
London 2012 : A Sustainable Sporting Legacy?
"...existing evidence suggests that the presumed 'trickle down effects' of general increases in sports participation and a general improvement in fitness and health are unlikely direct outcomes of a successful Olympic Games Bid. Leaving aside the not inconsiderable problem that sporting excellence may not be the best model for encouraging 'grassroots participation', in terms of broader strategic outcomes the Olympic Games can only be regarded as only one element in a much broader, long term, developmental programme."
Professor John Coalter, University of Stirling... Download article as .pdf file