Before I moved to Oxford I lived in East London, only twenty minutes' walk from Stratford, home to the 2012 Olympics. I rejoiced when we won the Olympic bid, and remember the events of 7/7 only too well. I was part of TELCO, the East London branch of London Citizens, which campaigned for an ethical Olympics: a living wage for all employees, and a legacy including turning the athletes' village into affordable housing. (You can read more about this here). Since moving I continued to follow the news of enforced demolitions and further campaigning with interest. The Olympic Park and its buildings are lovely but they have their shadow side, and came at a price.
|photo taken from the London 2012 website|