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High Street 2012 & the London Festival of Architecture

High Street 2012 is an initiative that will use the 2012 Games as a catalyst for improvements to the A11/A118 corridor through the centre of Tower Hamlets (taking in Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel Road, Mile End Road and Bow Road) and on into Stratford in Newham. See also: Stratford High Street public realm improvements

The London Festival of Architecture is mounting a PR spectacle on Sat 26th - Sun 27th June East Weekend High Street 2012

"The East of London between Whitechapel and Stratford will host High Street 2012, representing the last 6km of the London Olympic Marathon in 2012, as well as a wider streetscape and regeneration strategy. It will also host a series of Festival activities including a new commission from critically-acclaimed Austrian architects Feld72 reviving a vacant town centre building, guided tours of the dynamic area in historic Routemaster buses, and interactive installations designed and built by international architecture students"

For an online wander through the history of this stretch of road, which they wanted to call Olympic Boulevard until drowned out by a chorus of disapproval, see Diamond Geezer's London blog.

GamesMonitor recommends the Savage Messiah’s Guide to East London bus tour

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