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London has overcome early criticisms

Updated: July 6, 2005, 9:25 AM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Today, the heart of London's bid for the 2012 Olympics is a huge pile of dirt in a run-down area on the eastern outskirts of the city.

Amid the rubble in Stratford, however, grand plans are already taking shape.

A 500-acre plot of land will be transformed into an Olympic Stadium and village, and then turned into new homes and businesses. Other venues would include London landmarks such as Wimbledon, Wembley Stadium and Regent's Park.

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