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Professor Graeme Evan\'s presentation at the Olympic Legacy conference, Greenwich University, May 2008

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    1. 1. Regeneration Games Olympic Legacy People, Place, Enterprise University of Greenwich 9 May 2008 Graeme Evans
    2. 2. Urban Olympics <ul><li>1896 -1900s small scale : Athens, Paris, St Louis/ Chicago World Fair , London (ex-Rome) </li></ul><ul><li>1910 -1930 new facilities : Stockholm, Berlin </li></ul><ul><li>1930 -1950s flagships : Helsinki, Melbourne + legacies </li></ul><ul><li>1960s - large scale urban improvements , large scale events… and budget/over-runs: Rome, Tokyo… </li></ul><ul><li>“ Problem” Games : Mexico, Munich, Montreal [ex-1967 EXPO], Moscow - politics, protest, costs … </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial Games : Los Angeles, Atlanta [minimal] </li></ul><ul><li>Regeneration Games : Seoul, Barcelona, Sydney </li></ul><ul><li>(“Green”), Athens, Beijing, Vancouver/OWG, London .. </li></ul>
    3. 3. City of Renewal <ul><li>Hallmark (Mega-) events – Fourth Period “City of Renewal” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The hosting of mega-events is often deliberately exploited in an attempt to ‘rejuvenate’ or develop urban areas through the construction and development of new infrastructure..road and rail networks, airports, sewage and housing” (Hall, 1992) </li></ul><ul><li>Contemporary Olympics – mega-events, alongside… </li></ul><ul><li>International EXPOs / World [Trade] Fairs – C18/19 France, UK, colonies, USA; Regenerating Montreal, Seville, Lisbon </li></ul><ul><li>World/Euro Cups (and smaller sporting & cultural events) </li></ul><ul><li>European City/Capitals of Culture Regenerating Glasgow Liverpool ’08 [+ earlier Garden Festivals], Istanbul ’10 </li></ul>
    4. 4. Barcelona 1988-1993 pre-post Games 1994-2000 Cultural Forum 2001- city extension, Poblenou
    5. 5. Beijing – 2008 a coming out party for a nation emerging from a century of humiliation and chaos to become one of the most powerful economies on the planet <ul><li>In north Beijing, the official Olympic site is called a “park”, a common </li></ul><ul><li>Olympic site designation. However this was a busy residential and </li></ul><ul><li>workshop area. Razed by bulldozers, for months afterwards traders </li></ul><ul><li>with donkey carts scavenged in the rubble for bricks and timber before </li></ul><ul><li>the soil was covered in plastic sheeting and fenced off behind </li></ul><ul><li>corrugated walls (Sudjic, 2005: 116). </li></ul><ul><li>Beijing is spending between 200-250 billion yuan on transport </li></ul><ul><li>improvements - about 17 times its budget for sporting venues. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Beijing - Rapid Urban/Westernisation
    7. 7. … and displacement
    8. 9. Vancouver Downtown Eastside
    9. 10. Walls…
    10. 11. Consultation
    11. 12. Legacy: Before & After
    12. 13. Futuristic Visions
    13. 14. and Past Visions…
    14. 15. Budget: Moveable Feast…
    15. 17. Regeneration Budgets 7% 19% (inc. 12% on hotels) Other site infrastructure inc. sports facilities 18% [11% excluding £1bn Security] 3% Operations [£1bn Security] 45% [inc. CTRL, ELL] 43% [roads, airport] New Transport 7% 11% [private dev] Olympic Village 23% 24% New Olympic sports facilities London 2012 £14bn. Barcelona 1992 Ptas 957 bn Budget
    16. 18. National, City or Local Event?
    17. 19. Stratford “City”
    18. 20. Major development areas
    19. 21. Thames Gateway-London region
    20. 22. Growth Areas
    21. 23. Amenity in Thames Gateway
    22. 28. <ul><li>In the “Olympic city” of Newham only 14.5% of </li></ul><ul><li>residents participated in the recommended target of 30 </li></ul><ul><li>minutes of moderate exercise three times a week, half </li></ul><ul><li>the rate in the west London boro’s of Richmond & </li></ul><ul><li>Kensington (29%) ( Sport England 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ ..the journey of the Olympic torch in 2012 will end among some </li></ul><ul><li>of the laziest and least sporting communities in the UK..the least </li></ul><ul><li>likely to leave their couches to take some form of recreational </li></ul><ul><li>exercise’ ( Curtis , 2006: 9) </li></ul>‘ Sporting and cultural opportunities can play an important part in re-engaging disaffected sections of the community, building shared social capital and grass roots leadership through improved cross-cultural interaction ’. Building Cohesive Communities (Home Office 2002) Olympics  coach potatoes or mass participants ?
    23. 29. <ul><li>“ mixed picture.. difficult to attribute it to Olympic Games” (Veal 2003) </li></ul><ul><li>Olympic sports </li></ul><ul><li> 7 [small] increases </li></ul><ul><li> 9 declined </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Olympic sports : similar patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Biggest increase in non-competitive walking </li></ul>Impact of Sydney Olympics on sports participation Game Plan “ ..it would seem that hosting events is not an effective, value for money, method of achieving… a sustained increase in mass participation “ Manchester Commonwealth Games : negligible local impacts
    24. 30. Give communities the freedom to decide for themselves how they want to use each part, each space…the measure of success is the way that spaces are used, the diversity of activities which they attract, and the opportunities they provide for creative reinterpretation (Hertzberger, 1991)
    25. 31. Housing: Growing Ambitions <ul><li>Ever increasing housing targets in London </li></ul><ul><li>Thames Gateway </li></ul><ul><li>- 46,000 London Plan </li></ul><ul><li>- 59,000 ODPM Sustainable Communities </li></ul><ul><li>- 91,000 Thames Gateway Development Framework </li></ul><ul><li>New Housing Capacity Study: 100,000 dwellings </li></ul><ul><li>TG London by 2016/17 </li></ul>
    26. 32. Changing townscape, and Community?
    27. 33. Leamouth, Providence Wharf
    28. 34. New East Enders New housing it is hoped, will also attract residents to 3,600 apartments in the Olympic village and 9,000 in the Olympic Park area as a whole . However, the regional masterplan for the swathe of east London along the Lea Valley plans new housing and amenities which allows for facility standards to be designed at only 60% of the national standard
    29. 35. Employment If the Lower Lea Valley is to be transformed - socially as well as physically - then these are the people who need to access new employment opportunities. Sustainable regeneration will require a genuine increase in the local employment rate - not just the result of highly skilled population moving in and displacing the indigenous lower skilled one (Vigor 2006).
    30. 36. Deprivation 20% of the adult population in the Thames Gateway have no formal qualifications and half of the children live in workless households… 2007 IMD
    31. 37. <ul><li>London told: 'Don't expect a boom from the Olympics' </li></ul><ul><li>Study is sceptical about impact of 2012 Games </li></ul><ul><li>May 13, 2007 Observer </li></ul><ul><li>“ Assurances that the London Olympics in 2012 will create a boom in jobs, tourism and sports participation are unlikely to be fulfilled, warns a report commissioned by the capital's political leaders. Promises that the event will bring 50,000 jobs, affordable new housing on a large scale and contracts for small businesses in east London where the Games will be held will prove very difficult to honour, according to the study prepared for the London Assembly” </li></ul><ul><li>Olympic benefits experienced by the past 4 cities - Athens, Sydney, Atlanta and Barcelona - suggests that London will find it hard to realise its ambitions of regenerating boroughs around the Olympic area, which rank among the poorest places in Britain. </li></ul><ul><li>2012 may struggle to make any serious difference to unemployment in London: </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term unemployed and workless communities were largely unaffected by the staging of the Games in each of the 4 cities. Much of the employment was temporary, and there was also little evidence that volunteer skills transferred to the post-Games economy MacRury 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Greece actually lost 70,000 jobs in the three months following the [2004] Games, mostly in the construction industry. However, Sydney in 2000 and Barcelona in 1992 did enjoy some growth in jobs and inward investment from firms relocating. </li></ul><ul><li>Legacy -it will be 'very challenging' for London to meet its goals on employment, sports participation, skills, tourism and disability awareness. Aims for urban renewal, environment and the economy are 'challenging', while only community participation plans are deemed 'feasible'. </li></ul>
    32. 38. Assessing Impacts <ul><li>Government appraisal guidance recognises that as well as external economic factors, there is a need for longer term evaluation in order to capture their sustained impacts, as the HM Treasury review noted: </li></ul><ul><li>‘ The value of long-term benefit need to be brought into the appraisal process’ (2003). From a regeneration assessment perspective, the main issues which should be borne in mind are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Valuation in this area tends to be highly context specific and requires bespoke investigations. There are limited possibilities for the use of techniques such as benefits transfer, CBA.. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As with environmental impacts, irreversible impacts can be of significant importance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How and which costs and benefits are valued is of particular importance, including less tangible factors and perceptions. Valuing benefits requires greater consideration since as the Review concluded this aspect has been done poorly in the past and the NAO has criticised many projects for not describing, and managing the realisation of benefits, i.e. there is endemic over-optimism in project feasibility and projections, notably on capital costs…. </li></ul>
    33. 39. Key issues <ul><li>Regeneration is a long term project and decisions and impact measurement long term also – c.25 years (beyond political horizons = non-political governance systems needed) </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency and attribution (costs, outcomes) are fundamental to “ownership”, but lacking in practice… </li></ul><ul><li>Mega-events as regenerative projects are not good value (facility after-use?) - infrastructure e.g. affordable/ accessible transport & housing and programmes are most effective </li></ul>
    34. 40. www.citiesinstitute.org [email_address] Each story of regeneration begins with poetry and ends with real estate (Kunzman 2004).