After unexpectedly winning the bid to stage the Olympic Games in 2012, the authorities waste no time in clearing the land for the Olympic park in East London – inevitably there are winners and losers. The ambition and scale of the project is huge – and resistance to the plans comes from some unexpected quarters.
As you watch the video, take detailed notes on the consequences of the Olympic Park development in Stratford, and the issues facing its residents.
Instead of giving broad generalizations about the benefits and drawbacks of hosting the Olympic games, give examples that are specific to your city. For example, Beijing’s infrastructure changed drastically before the Olympics; rebuilding entire neighborhoods, adding highways and subway lines and moving factories further away from the Capital. The city was quite literally unrecognizable once all had been built. On the other hand London, which granted is also making significant changes, is taking a much more conservative approach with a mix of new venues, existing and historic sites, and temporary facilities. London will still very much look like London after the games.
2. Paying close attention to command terms, answer the following question, specific to your city:
Beijing: Many migrant workers were forcibly removed from the city once the construction of the Olympic sites had been completed. Discuss the plight of those migrant workers and evaluate the government’s actions. Use proper sourcing to back up your argument.
London: The total cost of the London Games is being estimated as high as £24 billion, mostly paid for by taxpayers. Discuss the likeliness of London 2012 being profitable for Londoners, and the consequences this entails for the city. Use proper sourcing to back up your argument.
Rio De Jianero: One of the biggest challenge for Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic success is to make the city safe for tourists, especially in the famous Favelas, or shantytown, which had been controlled by drug gangs for years, making the areas violent, dangerous, unsanitary and often devoid of basic services like electricity, garbage disposal and running water. Describe the government’s plan to embellish favelas, and assess its success thus far. Use proper sourcing to back up your argument.