But I am reminded that it isn't always all a hotbed of positivity over on the east side. There is, of course, that very special vortex of madness, that place which sensible people would all do well to avoid; that borough of which only the brave dare speak the name, a little like that of Lord Voldemort. It is the rightful heir to the shenanigans at Liverpool and Lambeth of the 1980s. I speak, but of course, of... Tower Hamlets.
But for those of us in regeneration, the madness will always loom large: the pockets of deprivation do not go away, while the lunatics continue to run the asylum. And woe betide the lovely Tony Pidgley and Berkeley Homes as they gear up to submit plans on the News International site at Wapping Village. Community relations in Tower Hamlets are acknowledged to be nothing short of a nightmare.
Aficionados of the Madness of Tower Hamlets know to keep a keen eye on the blog of one Ted Jeory - Trial by Jeory - which I recommend unreservedly. Mr Jeory himself is rather circumspect in his own narrative (actually, the carry-ons are so extraordinarily bonkers that he doesn't need to do anything more than report the facts in a neutral tone; witness the headline on the last posting "Tower Hamlets Council sued - by its own councillor") , but his commentators are somewhat more... er... rabid in tone.
And there is much sport to be had by just monitoring proceedings. The recent scandal over Baroness Warsi, and her cousin who works at Tower Hamlets, has caused something of a furore these last few weeks, and is rather typical.
One commentator, clearly steeped in the issues, came on to the blog to say "Ted re your article: "The Sunday Express and senior councillors have asked whether he was required by his bosses to declare his business and political interests and, if so, whether he has done so.
The council said it would not comment on any employee but added: 'We do have mechanisms to look into matters of public interest.' Isn't this baloney? Publicly paid officials surely are accountable. MPs and councillors are obliged to declare interests and this council response is not acceptable".
The commentator goes on to demand that Eric Pickles should take over "direct control" of the council as "it has become totally dysfunctional". You may have seen something of this in the Evening Standard. And sure enough (and this is potent stuff all right), as the commentary goes on to remonstrate, in the middle of a severe economic crisis, Tower Hamlets has turned down an investment offer that would provide up to 3,000 jobs (and many training opportunities for young people in Spitalfields) by refusing planning permission for the redevelopment of the Fruit and Wool Exchange.
This does seem like a somewhat bizarre decision. The development was widely supported by local residents, businesses and their own council officers. "The development committee is obliged to operate in a quasi judicial way - but instead chose to play petty politics (again)". The piece finishes by claiming that "there are rumours that Eric is about to make a move. Not a moment too soon".
Now as it happens, I am at a breakfast with Eric Pickles tomorrow morning (although I concede there will be a few others in the room). I wonder if I will get the chance to ask him. If he's sensible, he'll run a mile. Just like the rest of us.