Over the last year and a bit I have been looking in to how the local small businesses of London's Olympic Boroughs fared during (also pre, and post) the Games. So far it sounds like they had a tough time with some of the security measures reducing tourist footfall around the host 'event zones', local's averting local areas (to escape the chaos?), restrictions on trading, and increasing risks of rent increases as a result of the gentrifying effects of the Games on local space. Some argue the 'convergence' strategies in place for regeneration, may be achieved through gentrification rather than helping the current local population themselves economically develop?
I was just wondering what your thoughts are on these local impacts, and whether anyone had stories in their local areas?
Hope to hear some of your local views, as a good Olympic legacy for the locals' is still the main reason why we won the bid.