By Gillian Evans
This booklet providesa designated standpoint at the backstage making plans of London's Olympic legacy. the writer had exceptional entry to the legacy companies, associations, and contributors concerned with the 2012 video games. This has allowed her, in a hugely obtainable and fascinating type, to seize a feeling of the unfolding drama as makes an attempt have been made in London to harness the juggernaut of Olympic improvement, and its advertisement primary, to the wider reason for significant post-industrial regeneration in East London.
The ebook argues that London becomes the test-case urban opposed to which the legacies of all destiny Olympic video games, and different carrying mega-events, should be judged. the writer offers the 1st in-depth case research of a mega-event legacy making plans operation, and units out a positive end, which info the teachings to be learnt from London's event.
Exploring the connection among mega occasion making plans, and post-industrial city regeneration, this publication will entice students throughout Sociology, recreation and Olympic reviews, Anthropology, city stories and Geography as good as policymakers and practitioners in city and activity making plans.
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It is likely to attract fierce criticism on all sides for the foreseeable future, and become the talking point when anything else to do with post-Games planning comes under question. Only the change of mayor, in June 2008, allowed Tom to get beyond this impasse. Boris Johnson immediately started pushing for a more ambitious legacy use for the stadium and endorsed the idea of a Premier League football tenant, but the problem is that Boris also used the ‘lack of progress’ in LDA negotiations about the stadium, as a stick with which to beat the agency, and, by definition, to undermine Tom Russell’s leadership on legacy issues.
I emphasised how much I would like to be able to report to Tessa on the status of my proposal to conduct research, not just in the East End but also inside the Legacy Directorate itself. And hey presto, within hours, I received an email advising me of an appointment to come in and talk about my research ideas to Tom Russell, Chief Executive and Group Director of the legacy operation. Thus, I come to find myself, in November 2008, in Tom Russell’s office on the 21st floor of the Barclays Building at Canary Wharf, playing the game of politics, wondering what to wear to work, and feeling the effects of a nascent network of connections that can be made to matter.
Already, then, there are signs, despite best intentions, that just like in every other Olympic city, the Olympic stadium in London will become the lightning rod of 36 London’s Olympic Legacy the legacy project. It is likely to attract fierce criticism on all sides for the foreseeable future, and become the talking point when anything else to do with post-Games planning comes under question. Only the change of mayor, in June 2008, allowed Tom to get beyond this impasse. Boris Johnson immediately started pushing for a more ambitious legacy use for the stadium and endorsed the idea of a Premier League football tenant, but the problem is that Boris also used the ‘lack of progress’ in LDA negotiations about the stadium, as a stick with which to beat the agency, and, by definition, to undermine Tom Russell’s leadership on legacy issues.
London's Olympic Legacy: The Inside Track by Gillian Evans