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OECD - Local Development Benefits from Staging Global Events: Achieving the Local Development Legacy from 2012

OECD - Local Development Benefits from Staging Global Events: Achieving the Local Development Legacy from 2012

A peer review of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy for East London proposed by the Department of Communities and Local Government, United Kingdom

Published October 2010
Further details on OECD website here

Contains this choice compilation of factual errors and misinformation:
"The decontamination and environmental clean-up of the Olympic Park
The Olympic Park is being built on a large land parcel that was off-limits prior to the Olympic effort. The land was not only heavily contaminated by nineteenth and early twentieth century heavy industry, it was also subject to action during World War Two. This created a land mass that was near impossible to develop and which acted as a major barrier within the built environment between the communities of the East End and between the East End and the rest of London. The assembly of the land, its decontamination and the subsequent improvement in water quality are historic achievements. Given global interest in environmental matters, the story of the clean-up and the effective recycling of the land should be told from the rooftops. It is clear that this could not have been achieved without the Olympic Games.
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There is the necessity of rebranding our local areas for marketing purposes:
"It is clearly necessary to both preserve historical names, and names of local government units for administrative purposes. However for investment purposes it will be necessary to have some clear agreement about the outward facing names to be used and the brand platform to build around them."

And to improve those social indicators, what's needed is less social housing:
"Housing has a fundamental impact on the scope for community transformation. If East London continues to accommodate disproportionate volumes of social housing, it is difficult to see how the five host boroughs can be expected to see sufficient change in their wealth and wellbeing indicators, even over a 20 year time span."


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