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Old 08-28-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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Washington, DC is going to bid on the 2024 Olympics, and several other U.S. cities probably will as well. What U.S. cities do you think should host the Olympics and why?

Washington DC to Bid for 2024 Summer Olympics - ABC News
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:41 AM
 
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I think NYC is the obvious choice and would be the best representative followed closely by DC (though the security measures needed there could be prohibitive) or maybe Chicago.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:27 PM
 
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:37 PM
 
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:48 PM
 
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Washington, DC is going to bid on the 2024 Olympics, and several other U.S. cities probably will as well. What U.S. cities do you think should host the Olympics and why?

Washington DC to Bid for 2024 Summer Olympics - ABC News
From that article: "Los Angeles, which hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, Philadelphia and Tulsa, Okla., have announced their interest. "

Tulsa? ROFL
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:43 PM
 
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I think NYC is the obvious choice and would be the best representative followed closely by DC (though the security measures needed there could be prohibitive) or maybe Chicago.
Not sure i agree NYC is "the best representative." Though it came close in 2012, a lot of logistical factors came to light that made NYC a bit less desirable--namely easily moving the hundreds of thousands of athletes, spectators and media around an already overcrowded metro area that's cris-crossed with dozens of jammed bridges, backed-up tunnels, and a stressed (and very OLD) highway system.

On a personal level, compared to other cities, NYC already has too much of everything--business, money, exposure, cultural importance, global finance, tourism--literally everything. It doesn't need an Olympics and an Olympics wouldn't do for it, what they could do for city's like Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, San Francisco, or Seattle.
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:55 PM
 
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Not sure i agree NYC is "the best representative." Though it came close in 2012, a lot of logistical factors came to light that made NYC a bit less desirable--namely easily moving the hundreds of thousands of athletes, spectators and media around an already overcrowded metro area that's cris-crossed with dozens of jammed bridges, backed-up tunnels, and a stressed (and very OLD) highway system.

On a personal level, compared to other cities, NYC already has too much of everything--business, money, exposure, cultural importance, global finance, tourism--literally everything. It doesn't need an Olympics and an Olympics wouldn't do for it, what they could do for city's like Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, San Francisco, or Seattle.
London is a peer city to NYC. Wonder why they wanted the Olympics.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:42 AM
 
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Not sure i agree NYC is "the best representative." Though it came close in 2012, a lot of logistical factors came to light that made NYC a bit less desirable--namely easily moving the hundreds of thousands of athletes, spectators and media around an already overcrowded metro area that's cris-crossed with dozens of jammed bridges, backed-up tunnels, and a stressed (and very OLD) highway system.

On a personal level, compared to other cities, NYC already has too much of everything--business, money, exposure, cultural importance, global finance, tourism--literally everything. It doesn't need an Olympics and an Olympics wouldn't do for it, what they could do for city's like Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, San Francisco, or Seattle.
Just like London, which pulled everything off quite well. The events would be spread across the NYC metro, with the Olympic Stadium most likely built in NJ or an outer borough or utilizing a retro-fitted Meadowlands Stadium no doubt....all of which is speculation since NYC hasn't submitted a formal bid yet.
Chicago was a finalist before and hasn't formed a committee as of yet or submitted a bid. A Washington-Baltimore group is moving forward with a bid and should be a strong player. Philadelphia has an interest but would require overall state support for a bid which is typically lacking given their contentious relationship (Philly and the state government) as well as bid support from New Jersey which isn't usually cooperative in terms of collaborating with Philadelphia, let alone Pennsylvania. Beyond that two other cities are putting together strong bids (Boston and Dallas) and like their chances as well. Boston is pretty well known internationally and has the infrastructure to support the games quite easily as well as a less temperate climate for the Summer Olympics which plays a major factor. Dallas holds an attraction internationally as many around the world have a fascination with the American West/Cowboy culture which could influence decisions along with an impressive set of venues already in place. Dallas also doesn't have the transportation infrastructure restrictions of some of the older cities. There are three tough challenges coming internationally from three cities on the African continent which have never hosted an Olympics and many feel it's well overdue. Casablanca (Morocco), Nairobi (Kenya) and Durban (South Africa) are the cities in particular. Also consider Doha, Qatar is submitting a bid and must be considered a top pick for infrastructure and capital although I would wonder about outdoor conditions for athletes in August.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:44 AM
 
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Just like London, which pulled everything off quite well. The events would be spread across the NYC metro, with the Olympic Stadium most likely built in NJ or an outer borough or utilizing a retro-fitted Meadowlands Stadium no doubt....all of which is speculation since NYC hasn't submitted a formal bid yet.
London isn't anywhere near the geographic clusterf*ck that NYC is. Plus, with congestion charges and the price of petrol, London reduced vehicular traffic by a huge margin over the last decade. They also connected central London with the Olympic village via a 150mph dedicated ROW bullet train that carried 25k passengers per hour--something i just don't see happening in NYC.

It should also be noted that culturally/politically, though the two pier cities are world alpha cities--London is the beating heart of a very powerful country. It's the epicenter. New York just doesn't play the same role in the States--we're far too big, vast, and diverse for that to happen. So, even though London is already a global powerhouse, from many people's perspective, these games were more about a reflection on the UK.
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:02 AM
 
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