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Mythmaking the London Olympics

Mythmaking the London Olympics and its aftermath continues. A body called the Architecture Foundation, based in far off Kensington Gore, is the latest to decide it should provide a commentary on the Olympic Park. Publicity on its Facebook site announces they will explore ‘the revolutionary new district which replaced one of the East End’s most implacable industrial wastelands’. Where precisely the revolution has taken place is anyone’s guess but even the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has given up on the wasteland description of the land but myths live on in the architectural imagination. It makes for a much more adventurous event when you’re slumming it in the East End to be exploring a former wasteland rather than a place which was ‘a hive of activity and industrial innovation’ as the revisionists at the LLDC now describe the former industrial land on their Sweetwater page, Before the Games. No mention is made of those displaced by the event.


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Still no jobs legacy from the London2012 Olympics

Two years ago I asked the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) for the number of people who were working in the Olympic Park. On that occasion it replied:

Since April 2012, when the LLDC came into existence, 770 non-construction jobs were created consisting of 452 in Park operations and venues and 318 in other associated and varied roles. Additionally, 222 are currently employed at Here East


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Pyeongchang2018 Olympics at the heart of South Korean corruption scandal

By Julian Cheyne and Rebecca Kim - Researcher at the Democracy & Social Movement Institute, SungkongHoe University, Seoul

Against the background of the all consuming scandal which has engulfed South Korea's now deposed President Park Pyeongchang2018 looms up as the next fixture in the Olympic murk. The scandal surrounding ex-President Park Guen-hye, her confidante, Choi Soon-sil, and South Korea’s secretive companies, or chaebols, such as Samsung, Hyundai, Lotte or Hanjin, has cast a light on the shadowy interactions between the government, the secret services and the chaebols, the companies which came to dominate the South Korean economy during the dictatorship of Park’s father, Park Jung-Hee.


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Monier Road Bridge

So the Monier Road Bridge plot thickens! An Atkins Connectivity Survey concluded that building a bridge at Monier Road

Monier Road Bridge - Atkins Study headingsMonier Road Bridge - Atkins Study headings


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Aftermath2012 - those sycophantic awards keep coming

http://www.londonfirstevents.co.uk/events/london-planning-awards/custom-21-1f96134fad76404a95b19ceabdf1962d.aspx

http://www.gamesmonitor.org.uk/node/2314 222 are currently employed at Here East

Sustainability award http://www.gamesmonitor.org.uk/node/1079 http://www.gamesmonitor.org.uk/node/771


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Aftermath 2012 - Affordable Housing Squeeze

Additional information re Athletes Village in section []

One of the major promises of London 2012 was that it would create a large number of affordable homes for East Londoners.

In a recent Freedom of Information response to a question:

How many homes are now expected to be provided on the Olympic Park? What is the breakdown expected to be per neighbourhood?


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IOC Technical Manual on Olympic Games Impact

Obtained under FOI from University of East London, May 2016


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Barbaric Sport - a Global Plague by Marc Perelman

Barbaric Sport by Marc PerelmanBarbaric Sport by Marc Perelman


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Vila Autódromo and Rio 2016: Eviction, Demolition and Resistance

The death by a thousand cuts being inflicted on Vila Autódromo by the Mayor and City of Rio for Rio2016 continues. However, the community continues to fight back. One symbol of this fightback is the Poverty Olympics torch which has now been delivered to the Vila Autódromo community. Here it is being held aloft by Maria da Penha Macena, one of the most active members of the community whose http://www.rioonwatch.org/?p=27420home was demolished by the Mayor and City on the same day as she was awarded a prize on International Women's Day.


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