Grazer you’re absolutely right that everybody is entitled to their opinion. I did say that It's not a question here of not being allowed to dissent.
My point, and I know the point of many other HG regulars, is if you cannot offer anything, ever, other than moaning, carping or reading conspiracy in everything - what's the point, what's your point?
So... talking about dissent
... I don't know how far I can agree with about liking the East End just as it is. It is scarred throughout, particularly by cheap, crappy designed, functionally obsolete properties (including the tenements built mainly from post WW1 onwards). There are vacant brownfield sites all over the place with horrendous development problems - from my time as an East End housing association director I found that most of these apparently available sites are either badly contaminated or have ground problems, or both.
You said that you were speaking about the environment and not the social; that's exactly the mistake so many people have made about the East End and other areas of the city - you cannot divorce the two, or you end up with developments like the Council's 1970s (or 80s) ugly 'Gallowgate 2' housing scheme... even the very name chills you and shows how detached from any real locality it was.
In fact it is now recognised that poor local environments and social deprivation go hand in hand. The East End has some of the consistently worse standards of housing (still), worklessness, health and education performance of Western Europe never mind the U.K.
(and by the way I’ll be glad to see the removal of the wall at Duke Street because for me it is one of the symbols of long term de-industrialisation, dereliction and lack of development in parts of the East End).
Other than that, I do not dissent from what you say
The fact is that the East End has 'not worked' as a place to live, learn and work for something like half a century. This makes the Council's decision to go for the Commonwealth Games, and to base them in the East End, all the more laudable. It offers the prospect of at least partially addressing the big issues of health, economic investment, personal motivation and ambition, local environment and housing in a linked and 'more bangs for bucks' way.