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  •  There is no pot of money lying around (1+ / 0-)
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    with a choice of wasting it on the Olympics OR solving many of the problems in our city.  If Chicago had won, at least there would have been attention to the problems (schools, violence, jobs, inequality, etc.).  

    Absent the Olympics, those problems will just fester for several more years.  Where is the political will and focused resolve going to come from now that there isn't a defined focus on civic improvement?  The answer is... I have no idea.  And neither do the people that organized against the Olympics-- all they offered was the false choice between spending money that doesn't exist on social problems or spending money that would exist on the Olympics.

    "Just relax and let the hooks do their work." -- Ned Flanders

    by Pangloss on Fri Oct 02, 2009 at 10:32:29 AM PDT

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    •  Let's think about this (0+ / 0-)

      Where has the Olympics ever brought meaningful and sustained attention to the host city's social problems?

      So that's what crickets sound like!

      Al que no le guste el caldo, le dan dos tazas.

      by Rich in PA on Fri Oct 02, 2009 at 10:49:19 AM PDT

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      •  Several places... (0+ / 0-)

        Just last year, Beijing made hurculean efforts to improve their air quality.  Concerns about the openness of Chinese society were broadcast around the world, and it may have opened up the Internet and other areas of Chinese society.

        The Barcelona Olympics in 1992 highlighted tensions with Catalan nationalist sentiment and domestic terrorism.

        Athens in 2004 included sorely needed  transportation investments in the airport, metro, tram, suburban rail, highways and pedestrian improvements.

        The Berlin Olympics in 1936 brought world attention to Hitler and his policies.

        I could go on.  I was in LA in 1984, and it didn't have a major long lasting impact, except it made money and Los Angeles had a huge population spurt.

        "Just relax and let the hooks do their work." -- Ned Flanders

        by Pangloss on Fri Oct 02, 2009 at 02:39:51 PM PDT

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