‘World’s coolest’ neighborhood for 2022 named after the Queen
Posted: 09/12/2012 07:00:01 AM EDT
Updated: 11/12/2012 09:24:00 AM EDT
(CNN) — For the first time, the new Royal Greenwich neighborhood will be named after the monarch.
The queen has had a huge impact on Britain’s culture, politics and society. The new Royal Greenwich neighborhood will be named after her, and residents see it as a testament to that.
“I’ve got a feeling it’s a special place and it’s a real community to live in, with the royal family at the top and all the other families and the royal family down in the little streets,” resident Mark Wright said.
The new neighborhood is a small part of Greenwich, which is the city’s financial district.
The Royal Greenwich area, as the neighborhood is called, is the location of London’s main financial district, and many of London’s great museums and landmarks.
The new neighborhood will be connected to Greenwich Peninsula, a popular open space where residents can go walk, play soccer or ride cycles. It is also home to the Museum of Natural History.
It will also have an international community center on a newly constructed soccer field.
The neighborhood is near Westminster Palace, the location of official government and ceremonial government meetings.
Royal Greenwich Borough Council member Mary Chilcott says the Royal Greenwich Neighborhood is a recognition of Queen Elizabeth’s role as the British ruler.
“She is the mother of our nation and the queen, she is the Queen Mother and she is the mother of children and of young people,” she said.
The Royal Greenwich neighborhood, when complete, will be the first publically supported neighborhood in Europe. The neighborhood is being funded in part by a £10 million donation from the owners of London’s Westfield shopping mall and by private donors.
The neighborhood will also be an anchor and a testbed for the city’s new planning model for the public realm.