21 Jan '12, 8am

#olympics London gets face-lift for Olympics despite unhappiness - Channel News Asia

#olympics London gets face-lift for Olympics despite unhappiness - Channel News Asia

LONDON: As preparations to host the upcoming Olympics in London continue at full speed, residents in surrounding neighborhoods have expressed concern over regeneration projects in the area that have affected small businesses, and raised questions about the high costs in public funding needed to mount the games. The cogs on the Olympic PR machine have been hard at work to sell the long-term benefits of hosting the biggest sporting event of the year. Residents in Olympic park neighborhoods are getting new transport links and shiny shopping centers, as part of East London's big face-lift. But hard times hitting poor East-end neighborhoods have made it hard for local people to understand why 9 billion pounds (US$13 billion) of public money is being spent on the games. Glyn Robbins, local activist, said: "We're increasingly hearing about the amount of public money being spent f...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/europe/view/117820...

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