“De-risking” East London: olympic regeneration planning 2000–2012

Smith, A. 2013. “De-risking” East London: olympic regeneration planning 2000–2012. European Planning Studies. OnlineFirst.

Title“De-risking” East London: olympic regeneration planning 2000–2012
AuthorsSmith, A.
Abstract

The concept of legacy has emerged in the twenty-first century as a dominant narrative within mega-event projects. Accordingly, event hosts now engage in detailed legacy planning. This often means creating new agencies and new plans; something that has important implications for wider urban governance and planning. This paper focuses on initiatives attached to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. One of the main aims of staging the Games was regenerating East London; and the pre-event planning (2000–2012) associated with this legacy promise is the focus here. Using evidence collected from primary and secondary research, the paper records how the governance and planning arrangements evolved over 2000–2012. These were designed to achieve regeneration effects at different scales; in the Olympic Park, the fringes of the Park and in the wider sub-region. The paper acknowledges the pioneering work undertaken in London, but also identifies the key issues, challenges and dilemmas involved. The paper concludes that Olympic regeneration planning has rescaled regeneration governance in London, privileging city-wide and national stakeholders. It also suggests that, rather than a process driven by corporate interests and public–private partnerships, London 2012 regeneration planning is best understood as government intervention that de-risked East London for private-sector investors.

JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Journal citationOnlineFirst
ISSN0965-4313
Year2013
PublisherRoutledge
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/09654313.2013.812065
Publication dates
Published2013

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