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Olympics 2012

Inside London's Athletes-Only Neighborhood

Last Friday, London's Olympic Village on the east side of the city had a test run of sorts, with invited guests and media members putting everything to test, from the cafeteria to the beds. 

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According to its official site, the Olympic Village can accommodate 17,000 athletes and officials and includes retail and media facilities. The site contains open space, water features, and sculptures.

Once the Olympics conclude, the village will be transformed into "East Village," which will include nearly 3,000 new homes, about half of the units qualifying as "affordable housing."

While the Games are ongoing, access to the village as well as the entire Olympic Park will have extremely limited access.  Via Reuters though, we get a glimpse into the neighborhood where this year's Olympic athletes will reside:

Victory Park in the Olympic Village. The village will accommodate up to 16,000 athletes and officials from more than 200 nations. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

A sign is seen in the Countryside zone of the Olympic Village built for the London 2012 Olympic Games in Stratford, east London. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Guests and staff walk outside the Globe bar in the Olympic Village. The Globe will be a dry bar for the duration of the games. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

LOCOG employees cross Celebration Avenue in the Olympic Village built for the London 2012 Olympic Games in Stratford, east London. REUTERS/Olivia Harris 

Students who were asked to test facilities for the night sit in Victory Park in the Olympic Village. REUTERS/Olivia Harris 

Deck chairs are seen outside the Globe bar in the Olympic Village. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

A member of the media photographs a new street in the Olympic Village. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

A statue of Icarus marks the way to the 5000 capacity temporary dining hall of the Olympic Village. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

A sculpture of a diver in the Olympic Village. REUTERS/Olivia Harris 

A LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) employee crosses Victory Park in the Olympic Village. REUTERS/Olivia Harris 

Pool tables are seen in the Globe bar in the Olympic Village. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Words from a Ulysses poem by Alfred Tennyson are seen inscribed in the wall next to the Olympic Village Service Center. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

A twin bedroom and balcony in the Olympic Village. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Coca-Cola branding is seen on the drinks cabinet in the 5,000 capacity Olympic Village dining room. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Sports drinks are seen behind the counter in the Globe bar in the Olympic Village. REUTERS/Olivia Harris 

Guests test the 5,000 capacity Olympic Village dining room, a temporary structure built for the Olympic Games. REUTERS/Olivia Harris 

Visitors are shown around the wetlands area of the Olympic Village. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

A visitor testing facilities overnight smokes a cigarette on one of the brightly decorated balconies in the Olympic Village. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Visitors pass the medical centre in the Olympic Village built for the 2012 Olympic Games. REUTERS/Olivia Harris 

An Olympic frieze designed to link the Olympic Village with its Ancient Greek past. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Perimeter fencing of the Olympic Village. REUTERS/Olivia Harris 

Mark Byrnes is an associate editor at The Atlantic Cities. All posts »

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