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No one is forcing any community to take part. Banner hanging and flower planting are optional.
In London, organizers will hang the Olympic rings from the famous Tower Bridge. Light displays are also planned.
In a separate move, Olympic organizers also are working to keep out any advertisers trying to sneak in a publicity stunt. Organizers have imposed strict advertising regulations along the route to protect Olympic sponsors from unwanted competition.
"Where a company deliberately attempts to create an authorized association with London 2012 we will take swift and firm action," organizers said in a statement.
London's Olympics organizers aren't really talking too much about look yet -- preferring to wait until a big launch in the spring. One might say they are a tad media-shy, as their early attempts at a unified look have not been met with acclaim.
The unveiling of the 2012 London logo was met by a wave of derision. Iranian hard-liners complained that the squarish design spelled out the word "Zion" as opposed to the numerals "2012." Impromptu contests sprang up in the blogosphere to offer alternative logos featuring icons like Big Ben or the London Eye.
But that doesn't mean organizers won't go to great lengths to make sure London and other sites hosting the games look just so.
The marathon route originally was supposed to go through gritty areas in east London where the Olympic Park is located. But -- mindful of television images -- organizers rerouted the race so it now passes classic London landmarks.
Civic leaders in east London, however, were outraged. After six years of living next to one of Europe's biggest construction projects, they were hoping to reap the benefits of being on the world stage.
"It just makes you feel as if they were completely ashamed of that part of London," said Andrew Boff, a Conservative politician. "It didn't fit with TV angles."
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