Do you want your city to host the Olympics?

  • WhoDey

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    Feb 21, 2013 3:18 PM GMT
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/chi-usoc-sounding-out-25-cities-on-2024-summer-games-bid-20130219,0,2561812.story

  • AMoonHawk

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    Feb 21, 2013 3:25 PM GMT
    No ... the people that end up paying for it are the taxpayers of the state it goes to .... and yet they can't afford to go to any of the events
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    Feb 21, 2013 4:47 PM GMT
    Just the male gymnasts.
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    Feb 21, 2013 6:46 PM GMT
    No because the olympics are a waste of space and money.
  • WhoDey

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    Feb 21, 2013 7:07 PM GMT
    Ouch, no Olympic fans
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    Feb 21, 2013 7:08 PM GMT
    I love the Olympics, but they are a huge burden for any city to host. Fortunately I doubt DC would ever have the capacity to host anytime soon. I'd rather travel abroad for my fun anyway.
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    Feb 21, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    here are the 35 cities being considered...

    Phoenix, Arizona
    Los Angeles, California
    Sacramento, California
    San Diego, California
    San Francisco, California
    San Jose, California
    Denver, Colorado
    Washington, D.C.
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Miami, Florida
    Orlando, Florida
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Chicago, Illinois
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Detroit, Michigan
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    New York, New York
    Rochester, New York
    Charlotte, North Carolina
    Columbus, Ohio
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Portland, Oregon
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Memphis, Tennessee
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Austin, Texas
    Dallas, Texas
    Houston, Texas
    San Antonio, Texas
    Seattle, Washington
  • hanzo83

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    Feb 21, 2013 9:47 PM GMT
    Sure. I'm sure they could find enough woods to make space for a huge venue in this small town. They just have to build it from scratch, open some new restaurants to feed the people and basically expand our entire infrastructure lol.
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    Feb 21, 2013 9:51 PM GMT
    No. The traffic is bad enough with the snowbirds and non-english-speaking drivers.
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    Feb 21, 2013 9:52 PM GMT
    I think they should have them in Antarctica. Just build all that shit once. Turn out the lights, it will all be preserved for four years. Even the overpriced hot dogs and such.
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    Feb 21, 2013 9:59 PM GMT
    Here is the link to wiki for 2024 Olympics.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2024_Summer_Olympics

    Sure, I'd love it if they bring the games back to Los Angeles.

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    Feb 21, 2013 10:00 PM GMT
    lmaooo Raleigh hosting the Olympics would be a flop waiting to happen.....
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    Feb 21, 2013 10:01 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidI think they should have them in Antarctica. Just build all that shit once. Turn out the lights, it will all be preserved for four years. Even the overpriced hot dogs and such.


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  • AMoonHawk

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    Feb 21, 2013 10:08 PM GMT
    http://www.blogher.com/what-does-it-cost-go-2012-olympics
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    Feb 22, 2013 12:39 AM GMT
    I don't think most cities have the international appeal to hold the Olympics. I still don't know how Atlanta got to host theirs.

    NYC, LA, DC, Chicago, San fransisco, Miami and maybe Boston are the only cities with the infrastructure to host them.
  • WhoDey

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    Feb 22, 2013 11:50 PM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidI don't think most cities have the international appeal to hold the Olympics. I still don't know how Atlanta got to host theirs.



    For a while they were picking up and coming cities. Atlanta had a big population boom in the 80s- early 90s. Barcelona wasn't known as a city with internatinal appeal prior to 1992.
  • thadjock

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    Feb 22, 2013 11:55 PM GMT
    xsocalguy8x said
    Sure, I'd love it if they bring the games back to Los Angeles.

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    yeah i would too, but i'm not sure how often they allow repeats. We've already had it 2x

    and they'd have to evacuate all the residents of the city for the two weeks becuase we'd never be able to handle the traffic. at LAX either.
  • MidwesternKid

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    Feb 23, 2013 12:01 AM GMT
    YES GIMME GIMME GIMME!!!!!
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Feb 23, 2013 12:04 AM GMT
    Why not?

    Orlando would be a great venue and we would get all kinds of cool new construction too!
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    Feb 23, 2013 12:06 AM GMT
    The Olympics had an amazing impact on Vancouver, on a number of levels. (Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, in case you didn't know)

    If it's planned *well*, this sort of event can have a lasting and *meaningful* legacy. It often spurs government into investing in much-needed infrastructure, and can build civic cohesiveness if there are events planned that really try to tie in the citizenry. The latter means a lot of festival activities OUTSIDE of the official Olympic venues. The former is often things like rapid transit, building new or revitalized public spaces for events etc.
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    Feb 23, 2013 12:08 AM GMT
    No. I've been to two Olympic games (lived in once city while they were preparing). The years leading up to the games are destructive and highly problematic for the local people trying to negotiate their cities. Poor people are almost ALWAYS fucked in the process (I could point to several examples including the current Sochi winter Olympics but will save your time). The games themselves WRECK the city they happen in. And then in almost every instance afterward, the city is dredged in debt for decades.
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    Feb 23, 2013 12:10 AM GMT
    Yogi567 saidNo. I've been to two Olympic games (lived in once city while they were preparing). The years leading up to the games are destructive and highly problematic for the local people trying to negotiate their cities. Poor people are almost ALWAYS fucked in the process (I could point to several examples including the current Sochi winter Olympics but will save your time). The games themselves WRECK the city they happen in. And then in almost every instance afterward, the city is dredged in debt for decades.


    Again, that does not have to be the case. Please refer back to my Vancouver 2010 example. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vancouver_2010

    But yes, it takes some backbone to manage the IOC's demands rationally, and it takes thoughtful, considered planning to ensure being on/near budget. It doesn't always go well, as you say.
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    Feb 23, 2013 12:15 AM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidI don't think most cities have the international appeal to hold the Olympics. I still don't know how Atlanta got to host theirs.

    NYC, LA, DC, Chicago, San fransisco, Miami and maybe Boston are the only cities with the infrastructure to host them.
    Atlanta is a huge international city. It has one of the largest airports in the world and the most international flights go out of Atlanta.

    You be surprised at the diversity of Atlanta with tourists and what not.
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    Feb 23, 2013 12:15 AM GMT
    I would love for it to be near me. I would for sure try to go to it. Plus it would be something worth talking about when you are old.
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    Feb 23, 2013 12:37 AM GMT
    RadRTT said
    jmusmc85 saidI don't think most cities have the international appeal to hold the Olympics. I still don't know how Atlanta got to host theirs.

    NYC, LA, DC, Chicago, San fransisco, Miami and maybe Boston are the only cities with the infrastructure to host them.
    Atlanta is a huge international city. It has one of the largest airports in the world and the most international flights go out of Atlanta.

    You be surprised at the diversity of Atlanta with tourists and what not.


    It wasn't so much at the time. Atlanta has grown up a lot since then.