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    "It's not for us": regeneration, the 2012 Olympics and the gentrification of East London

    Watt, Paul (2013) "It's not for us": regeneration, the 2012 Olympics and the gentrification of East London. City 17 (1), pp. 99-118. ISSN 1360-4813.

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the much-hyped 2012 Olympic Games ‘legacy’ in relation to the displacement experiences of lower-income East Londoners. The paper begins by outlining the overall context of housing-related regeneration including the reduced role for social housing, especially council (public) housing in London. It then sets out a framework for understanding how regeneration, state-led gentrification and displacement are intertwined, as well as how such processes have been contested. The paper examines these issues in greater depth with reference to case studies of the inhabitants of two working-class spaces in the London Borough of Newham, an Olympics host borough. The first study is based on the Carpenters Estate, a council housing estate in Stratford that is facing potential demolition, and the second focuses on young people living in a temporary supported housing unit. These studies illustrate how the 2012 Olympics, alongside other regeneration schemes, is changing the nature of space and place from the perspective of existing East London residents and how gentrification is implicated in such transformations. Neither the Carpenters Estate residents nor the young people think that the Olympics and other regeneration schemes in Newham are primarily occurring, if at all, for their benefit—indeed, displacement processes may well mean that they are no longer able to live in their current neighbourhood. The Olympics legacy is for others, not for them.

    Metadata

    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): regeneration, state-led gentrification, displacement, social housing, council estate, working class, Olympic Games legacy
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Department of Geography
    Research Centres and Institutes: Moving Image, Birkbeck Institute for the (BIMI)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 12:52
    Last Modified: 14 Dec 2016 09:38
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/9292

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