Originally Posted by purplewidow
all these people have no clue about the olympics if they are complaining about taxes and so on.. first off corporations would pay for a HUGE chunk.. second has anyone been to an olympic city? seen the awesome structures in munich used for concerts and other sporting events tot his day? has anyone seen the property value's increase in these cities substantially since the olympics were announced there? the average home in the city would have gone up around 10-15% b/c of this.. that is HUGE.. your talking another 30-100k on average in the city pending on the area and type of home.. this is a huge bummer.. peoiple worried about traffic for 2 months at most.. people worried about a 2k bump in taxes? you would gain soooo much more in city beautification and buildings built for the olympics.. the excitement would have been incredible.. a lot more events for the city in the long run.. more concerts more soccer more fun. this is really sad that we lost to a city who has metal shacks behind there beaches in the mountains who come out and steal from tourists and locals alike.. a friend of mine had his gold chain ripped off his neck at a street like michicgan avenue in rio.. rio's crime makes the south side and west side of chicago look like a vacation.. i mean it is really really bad down there.. somebody must of had some dirt on someone in the committee or something b/c this is ludicrous. the crime alone in rio should have shot them down.. but they did give a nice presentation and they are spanish speaking and south america has never hosted a game.. but they already get the world cup so wtf gives.. every city who has had the olympics does better in the long run b/c of it. i could have handeled losing to madrid but not to rio.. it is a crime dump.. it makes chicago's coruption seem like a boat ride in "it's a small world" in Disney world.
I think you're the one who has no clue. I live in an olympic city (Montréal, 1976) and none of what you describe happened. Corporations did not pay a cent for the Games, it was mostly public funding (my taxes). The smokers basically paid for it in the form of a tax on the cigarette pack. Cost of construction skyrocketed because the union blackmailed the city by going on strike constantly. Very few of the buildings built really have much life after the Games because let's face it how many cyclists have a need for a world-caliber velodrome. We did have a use for a couple of sports arena that are used for indoor team sports (basketball, handball, et al) which we did not have before. In Europe, there is a huge circuit of track and field events which helps re-use the olympic stadium. In North America, athletics are geared towards arena sports (hockey, basketball). Stadiums for baseball and football are not necessarily olympic-capable venue.
I do not know how a few mostly ugly concrete blocks increase the beautification of a city. Olympic stadiums are not actually very good for concert venue, the acoustic is just terrible.
I'll agree with you that the level of violence portrayed for Chicago pales compared with Rio. I'll also agree that the IOC is a heavily politicized body and that the decision was possibly already decided in advance and only a truly impressive performance by the Chicago delegation coupled with a lousy presentation by the Rio group would have clinched it for Chicago.