How the Olympics made London a Cultural Hotspot this Autumn
|September 9, 2012||Posted by under Events, Game Changers|
It is impossible to understate the economic benefits that a city can receive when hosting the summer Olympics. What is often overlooked though are the secondary effects, the boost to morale and culture that a city can receive from the games. For those that choose to see past the money though, the (mostly) positive effects can seem even more rewarding. Let’s take the recent London games as an example and see how the city will benefit going forward:
How the Olympics made London a Cultural Hotspot – Stratford Revitalized
The decision to build the Olympic venue in this neighborhood was not a random one. As the most culturally diverse (and economically deprived) area of East London, the games were intended to restore morale in the area and to show that local politicians were not ignoring the plight of the people. Further, it was intended for the people of Stratford to take new pride in their neighborhood and responsibility for its improvement ahead of the 2012 games. The plan worked perfectly and citizens seem primed to ride the wave of positive change for years to come. With it’s weakest area now on the upswing, London can certainly expect to bring in many more tourists and permanent residents of all demographics in the coming years.
How the Olympics made London a Cultural Hotspot - Saving a Struggling Industry
Tourism worldwide has been on a constant swoon since the onset of the economic crisis in 2008. The London Games seem to have finally created a real foothold for increased European travel again. Unlike the 2008 games in China (which many were not inclined to attend due to environmental hazards and cost), London offered a relatively healthy (by today’s standards) venue for tourists the world over to watch the game from. On top of this, many of London’s long standing tourist attractions saw a boost during the games, and some government officials are cautiously optimistic that this will continue for the foreseeable future. London’s importance in contemporary history cannot be understated, although it has been forgotten in recent years. This tourism boom will remind the world over why the city is so important.
How the Olympics made London a Cultural Hotspot - Technology for the Future
It has been widely noted that the London games were probably the most well secured games in history. Instead of using local police like other venues, the British government chose to employ their military to run security and handle the logistics of the big event. This included such measures as state of the art rooftop missiles, revolutionary new traffic control practices to handle shuttling atheletes on top of London’s hectic commute, and a web of cameras that had most of the city being watched from a central location 24/7. As no major security threats occured during the game, these measures are being hailed as a resounding success and other agencies are looking into these crowd control techniques for future use. Although it probably won’t overtake the United States anytime soon as far as security goes (who could with their budget?), London could very well become a booming security sector in the coming months and years.
It’s hard for those who live in or care about London to not feel positive after a wildly successful month of games. The early economic returns look great, and on top of that the city finally seems to be relevant in world culture again. It is an accomplishment that has been long awaited and is well deserved.
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