Hello, I've lived over yonder in Bow, near the Roman since 1985. We've seen some changes!
Canary Wharf appeared, and I said, "Fancy building that there, in the middle of nowhere." And sure enough it went bust! Today the Isle of Dogs is an amazing improvement over what was there before. The Olympic Park was an underutilised wasteland. Here's an old photo I took of the original Carpenter's Road locks:
The Olympics were a great success, and I'm really pleased that everything is going to plan with this great new park we've all gained.
With my interest in the back story of the East End growing I went on a Tower Hamlets Walkie Talkie course to learn how to run guided walks. As a way of practicing several of us ran a walk starting at Old Ford Road and going off onto Fish Island then Hackney Wick. With a bit more research I unearthed so much stuff that I'm now working on running each section as a separate walk.
Next Sunday I'm running my Vanished without trace - Mile End walk if anyone is interested. The full price is £10, but there's a special 50% discount for locals if you use the promotional code of bowlocal.