‘Stinky Stratford’ holds its breath over 2012
Canada Goose sale LONDON (Reuters) Once known as Stratford because of its noxious industries and slaughterhouses, one of Britain most economically deprived areas will act as the main gateway for spectators entering the Olympic Park at the 2012 Games.
canada goose clearance sale The basketball arena and sections of the athletics village are seen at the Canada Goose sale London Olympic site in Stratford in east London, November Canada Goose online 18, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville
As the uk canada goose outlet 12 month canada goose black friday sale countdown begins, many local residents canadian goose jacket remain sceptical about the coming of the Games, saying promised new jobs have gone to canada goose clearance foreign workers and new canada goose uk shop homes are beyond their reach.
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canada goose store is not the easiest site to get on, Andrew Wilson, 41, told Reuters.
canada goose coats Fred White, 77, who Canada Goose Coats On Sale was finishing a pint of beer in a pub on Stratford high street, also suggested construction jobs were going to people from outside the area, judging buy canada goose jacket by the number he had come across wearing distinctive yellow safety vests.
have heard Birmingham accents, northern (England) accents and foreign ones wearing a yellow jacket, but I have not heard a (local) cockney accent, he said.
canada goose deals Billions of pounds canada goose clearance sale are being invested in the area ahead of the Games, and 11,000 new homes built.
Canada Goose Jackets However, sales assistant Canada Goose Jackets Alan Bacon, 54, said: will be priced out of buying any of the new homes. They will be bought by the City boys (financial district workers) as second homes or by east Europeans.
canada goose black friday sale Many locals said they had not applied for Olympic tickets, and those who had were unsuccessful.
canadian goose jacket have three sons and I don remember any of them saying they are looking forward to it, said Ronald Harvey, 79, who has run a fish stall selling whelks and jellied eel since buy canada goose jacket cheap he was a boy. price of the tickets has turned them off.
SHOPPING MALL The first thing Olympic visitors will see next July and August when they get canada goose uk outlet off the train at Stratford station, which has had a 125 million pound refit, will be the new 1.5 billion pound Stratford City with its huge Westfield shopping mall, the biggest of its kind in Europe.
buy canada goose jacket cheap The centre, which has all canada goose store the big retail names lined up ahead of its autumn opening, dwarfs Stratford old shopping centre across the road, with its market stalls including Harvey fish stand, shops advertising goods sold for under a pound, and pawnbrokers offering to buy gold any condition
Canada Goose Outlet Stratford City, which will also eventually have hotels and a commercial centre, is the kind of investment politicians were hoping for when they envisaged the Games acting as a catalyst for regeneration of a part of London that has always been a poor relation to the glitzy West End.
Some areas have already undergone a transformation since the nearby docks closed in the 1970s with an estimated loss of 20 percent of the total local workforce.
Canary Wharf has developed into a financial centre with its landmark skyscrapers which will form a soaring backdrop canada goose sale to the Park but the changes have uk canada goose mainly resulted in pockets of wealth.
canada goose coats on sale The five boroughs around the Olympic Park still share some of the lowest employment rates in Britain, cheap Canada Goose compounded by low educational and skills qualifications.
Transforming the 2.5 square km of land into the Olympic Park first required a huge clean up after decades of contamination from the industries that gave Stratford its name, including bone, soap https://www.clevelandregionalmedicalcenter.com and tallow works, as well as distilleries, engineering and canada goose coats chemical plants.
cheap Canada Goose Petrol, oil, tar and poisons such as arsenic had seeped into the soil, while shopping trolleys and fridges had been thrown into the waterways.
The Olympic Park, athletes village and Stratford City are expected to create a total of 30,000 jobs with about 25 percent of the Olympic workforce coming from the five boroughs.
It is still not easy canada goose uk black friday to find a job, however. A 41 year old woman Reuters spoke to outside Stratford job centre said 500 people Canada Goose Outlet had applied for the same job of sales assistant as she had.
HEALTH CENTRES Property sale and rental prices have failed to take off as anticipated after an initial spurt, partly cheap canada goose uk due to the economic downturn.
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buy canada goose jacket have had Canada Goose Online hysteria but the Olympics have not necessarily had a major effect, Daniel Barbanel, sales and marketing director at Outlook residential property agents, told Reuters.
He anticipated that the infrastructure and the planned schools and community health centres would be a boost.
Professor Canada Goose Parka Thomas Kubi, a retired local lecturer who failed to get tickets for the 100 metres and long jump, said the Olympics provided a great marketing opportunity.
now has a brand. It has good infrastructure everything to make it sustainable. Look at Canary Wharf Stratford will be another Canary Wharf, he said.
canada goose clearance In the shorter term, locals were divided on whether they would watch the Games on television.
Lisa Dilworth, 35, who works in a jewellers in Stratford old shopping centre, said she would watch with her three year old daughter after failing to get tickets.