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Boston wants to build the most walkable Olympics ever

Boston wants to build the most walkable Olympics ever | green streets | Scoop.it

With the announcement official, Boston 2024, the private nonprofit spearheading the bid, has publicly released the presentation it gave to the Olympic Committee back in December.

Boston public radio station WBUR reported that David Manfredi, of the Boston-based Elkus Manfredi, is co-chairing the bid’s planning committee and reportedly said that Boston 2024’s planning goal is to make the games the most walkable Olympics of all time. To that end, 28 out of 33 venues are within about a six mile radius. There is also the “Olympic Boulevard” which serves as the “pedestrian spine” between many of the facilities. The overall plan has two main clusters of facilities, one near the water and the other around some of Boston’s most famous universities including Boston University, MIT, and Harvard.

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Designing an Olympic Village with a green afterlife for Rio 2016

Designing an Olympic Village with a green afterlife for Rio 2016 | green streets | Scoop.it
The winning design of the Olympic Village for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio call for a green neighborhood to replace the village when the games end.

To host the Olympics cities must make a hefty investment in new Olympic-specific infrastructure. These Olympic villages are intended to accommodate a surge of people during the 16-day event, but then the space goes empty.

So when Rio de Janeiro was considering designs for their Olympic village for the 2016 Summer Olympics they were looking for one with an eye towards the city’s post-Olympic future. The winning design, by the British firm AECOM, does just that. The design will transform the area into a green neighborhood by 2029.

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Can the Olympics Bring Affordable Housing to London?

Can the Olympics Bring Affordable Housing to London? | green streets | Scoop.it
By 2031, this summer's Olympic site should be a dense checkerboard of housing and parkland.

The afterlife of London’s Olympic Park was partially confirmed last week, when officials agreed to plans for the construction of a new neighborhood on part of its site once this summer's games are over.

Called Chobham Manor, the 960-home neighborhood should be ready by autumn 2013, and will cover the current location of the Olympic basketball court (plus, one imagines, a little bit more of the park). It’s just the beginning of plans to cover London’s Lower Lea Valley area with badly needed new housing – four other neighborhoods providing a total of 6,800 homes are also in the pipeline, and by 2031, the former Olympic site should be a dense checkerboard of housing and parkland.

In an area that currently attracts few professionals with children, the new neighborhood aims to be especially family friendly, with four schools included in the blueprints. The plan so far is to have 35 percent of its housing fixed at affordable rents, making some of it suitable for people already living in this lower income area...

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