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Old 21.07.2009, 02:24
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London 2012 Progress Reports

Like many people, I was somewhat sceptical that the London 2012 developments would happen on time.

I have to say that my view has changed substantially. It looks as if things are well ahead of schedule.

A few weeks ago I had a guided tour of the site and was impressed at the amount of work that has been undetaken. Most of the preparation works have little visible evidence to show how much has been achieved: Decontaminating 1.3 million tons of soil. Moving 200 km of power lines underground into tunnels. Restoring over 8 km of waterways. Creating the public transport infrastructure. The scale of the works going on is incredible.

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All of the main structures are now in construction. The structure of the main stadium is now complete.

Hopefully, the doubters will soon become believers. I have been converted and hope that my faith is not misplaced

If you get a chance to check out the area on a trip back to England, I would recommend it.
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Old 21.07.2009, 03:13
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Re: London 2012 Progress Reports

Shame the logo is still crap.
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Old 21.07.2009, 12:27
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Shame the logo is still crap.
I cannot disagree with that. It was the only negative comment that I heard from visitors during the tour.
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Re: London 2012 Progress Reports

Problem is, though, that after the games are over, those neighborhoods that have been taken over by the olympics aren't going to be any better off. They most likely will be worse off, by all accounts. People still aren't going to want to live in Stratford, and the high prices that were pre-games are later going to be going for rock bottom prices, as nobody will move there post-games.
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Problem is, though, that after the games are over, those neighborhoods that have been taken over by the olympics aren't going to be any better off. They most likely will be worse off, by all accounts. People still aren't going to want to live in Stratford, and the high prices that were pre-games are later going to be going for rock bottom prices, as nobody will move there post-games.
Any chance that you could get me next weeks lottery numbers from that crystal ball of yours?
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Problem is, though, that after the games are over, those neighborhoods that have been taken over by the olympics aren't going to be any better off. They most likely will be worse off, by all accounts.
Very likely.

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People still aren't going to want to live in Stratford, and the high prices that were pre-games are later going to be going for rock bottom prices, as nobody will move there post-games.
Very unlikely. In Sydney, the prices went up before the games - and stayed up, even though the area used for the games was nothing special. Demand will always be there.

It was only after the ars recently fell out of the over-inflated Sydney housing market did prices fall in these areas, but then they fell almost everywhere.
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Old 21.07.2009, 13:00
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Problem is, though, that after the games are over, those neighborhoods that have been taken over by the olympics aren't going to be any better off. They most likely will be worse off, by all accounts. People still aren't going to want to live in Stratford, and the high prices that were pre-games are later going to be going for rock bottom prices, as nobody will move there post-games.
I hope you are wrong with this gloomy prediction. I think that local people may lose out for other reasons, if it becomes a 'trendy neighbourhood' like some parts of Docklands.

The Olympic Park area is being designed so that it will have full public access during the games. It won't be a fenced off no-go zone. The landscaping that is going on to create this should improve the area's chances in the long-term. Part of the complex will eventually become a shopping centre larger than Bluewater.

Some of the sporting venues have been designed to be removed after the games so that the area won't be a white elephant. The top of the main stadium will be removed to leave a 25,000 seat stadium. Several other facilities will also be moved to other locations in the U.K.

Hopefully, these features will give it greater sustainability.
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Old 21.07.2009, 13:26
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I hope you are wrong with this gloomy prediction. I think that local people may lose out for other reasons, if it becomes a 'trendy neighbourhood' like some parts of Docklands.

The Olympic Park area is being designed so that it will have full public access during the games. It won't be a fenced off no-go zone. The landscaping that is going on to create this should improve the area's chances in the long-term. Part of the complex will eventually become a shopping centre larger than Bluewater.

Some of the sporting venues have been designed to be removed after the games so that the area won't be a white elephant. The top of the main stadium will be removed to leave a 25,000 seat stadium. Several other facilities will also be moved to other locations in the U.K.

Hopefully, these features will give it greater sustainability.
My husband lives not far from there (meaning I'll be living nearby as well next year), and I'm basing this on his observations. Stratford is a very deprived area and rather unsafe in spots. It is, I believe, in the top 10 of all deprived areas in the UK and in the top five in London for crime.

I hope I'm wrong, but I honestly don't think so. It doesn't sound like they're going to be moving out the "troublesome residents". I don't know, to me it just doesn't seem workable. But I'll see how it is once I'm living there, and later how the whole games thing goes.

Honestly, both my husband and I are dreading the games, but they'll be right in our backyard
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Re: London 2012 Progress Reports

Opening Ceremony is Three Years today

Potential 2012 athletes were among guests on the new Javelin train from London to Stratford today.

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Re: London 2012 Progress Reports

Prices for tickets have been announced, along with the provisional schedule. Ticket Prices

Anyone got £2012.00 for a ticket to the opening ceremony? If the best tickets are this price, I don't reckon you would get a very good view from the £20.12 seats.

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Re: London 2012 Progress Reports

The main stadium is almost ready. Lights turned on for first time 22nd Dec. 2010

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Is that one the half-a-billion-quid "purpose-built home of athletics for years to come" that, after the five-ringed circus has left town, Tottenham will raze to the ground and rebuild as a strictly-footie place without any track facilities?
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Old 30.01.2011, 01:38
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Is that one the half-a-billion-quid "purpose-built home of athletics for years to come" that, after the five-ringed circus has left town, Tottenham will raze to the ground and rebuild as a strictly-footie place without any track facilities?
It would be safe if West Ham get it. That seems far more sensible.

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Re: London 2012 Progress Reports

The London 2012 team seem to be disproving the pessimists concerns. The first venue has been officially completed.

The opening ceremony for the velodrome took place today.

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Re: London 2012 Progress Reports

The Olympic torch has been unveiled today. At least it looks better than the logo or mascots

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