QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREAnd Chicagoans, why are some of you opposed to this? I know there are some worries over costs, but do you realize the construction projects/skyscrapers that will pop up before and after the games? In addition, the tourism, national attention, and the image of the city will change forever.
For me it's a tough one between Rio and Chi-town.
There are several reasons to be opposed to the Olympics in Chicago. First off, the infrastructure cannot handle it. The mass transit system sucks big time, even the subway that should whisk people from O'Hare to downtown. We might have 7 years to fix it, but that brings us to the second problem.
Corruption. We do have some clean politicians from Chicago, such as the current Governor of Illinois and, of course, the President. But the mayor surrounds himself with henchmen, some of whom have already bought parcels of land upon which the Olympic Village is destined to be built. Is corruption any worse among Rio, Madrid or Tokyo? Dunno the answer, it might be pervasive. But it is certainly rampant in this town. The revitalization of the infrastructure will be very welcome, but Illinois Repugs control the highway rebuilding firms and they were in bed with Blagojevich. The costs might be astronomical.
Finally, your analysis of the result from the Games is dubious. The short term effects will certainly be profound, but has Atlanta's image really improved since it hosted the Games?
On the plus side, we did a fine job with the Gay Games and I will be the first to tell you that Chicago in the summer, along the lakefront, is a sublime experience. That fact (opinion) alone is enough to warrant having the Games here.