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Old 06-11-2009, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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I think the competition is really between Chicago and Rio. Madrid is really unlikely to win the next Olympics after London, since they don't usually have back-to-back games on the same continent. That and there has never been a games in South America--makes Rio very attractive.

I'm looking forward to taking the high-speed rail to Chicago seven years from now to see the games!
Uh, don't you live in Iowa City? How in the world are you going to take a high-speed train to Chicago? None of the proposed corridors are going to pass through Iowa. The closest you're going to come to accessing one of these corridors is going to be in Madison or Minneapolis.


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Old 06-11-2009, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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I really really hope Chicago gets the Olympics. But I believe in the end, they will choose Rio. As stated before, South America has never hosted the Olympics and the international community is frankly tired of the United States hosting the games every 12-20 years or so. Rio's only problems are it's crime. But everything else is good for them.
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:48 PM
 
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Uh, don't you live in Iowa City? How in the world are you going to take a high-speed train to Chicago? None of the proposed corridors are going to pass through Iowa. The closest you're going to come to accessing one of these corridors is going to be in Madison or Minneapolis.
Hey, great map! Where did you get that? There is also a high speed rail corridor in proposal for the Rocky Mtn Front Range (basically between Cheyenne, WY and Albuquerque, NM via Denver and COS. Kind of a pipe dream though, methinks.

Nothing against CHI town, but I really think this one should go to Rio... someplace different... not only a new host city and country, but a whole new continent. That would be more interesting than just bringing it back to another big US metro area. That said, I'm sure CHI will do a bang-up job if they end up getting it.
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Chariton, Iowa
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Uh, don't you live in Iowa City? How in the world are you going to take a high-speed train to Chicago? None of the proposed corridors are going to pass through Iowa. The closest you're going to come to accessing one of these corridors is going to be in Madison or Minneapolis.


Who says that's where I'll be in 7 years, chief? Or that the high-speed rail network won't be expanded beyond that map?
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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Hey, great map! Where did you get that? There is also a high speed rail corridor in proposal for the Rocky Mtn Front Range (basically between Cheyenne, WY and Albuquerque, NM via Denver and COS. Kind of a pipe dream though, methinks.
This map came from the New York Times, but I have also seen several other maps including on the official White House website, Popular Mechanics, CNN, and the Federal Department of Transportation. However, none of the maps I have seen have showed any kind of high-speed rail corridors in the Rocky Mountain West Region. Denver is too isolated from any other big cities to warrant building a Rocky Mountain corridor. No offense, but the cities of Cheyenne, Colorado Springs, and Albuquerque are way too small to be included in any kind of high-speed rail development. I would imagine Phoenix would get high-speed rail before any of those cities, and that hasn't been proposed yet either.

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Who says that's where I'll be in 7 years, chief? Or that the high-speed rail network won't be expanded beyond that map?
I highly doubt that seven years from now the federal government will have completed all of the proposed high-speed rail corridors, let alone be planning for new corridors.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:52 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Who knows if they'll even get a single one of them off/on the ground.

So much of that manufacturing prowess in the rustbelt plain wasted. Instead, we now have to import from Canada, France, Germany, and Japan the goods and know-how. Blagh.
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:07 AM
 
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Rio will win. Chicago is too cold.
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:42 AM
 
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Rio will win. Chicago is too cold.
Not in August... if anything Rio might be a little cooler at that time, since it's in the South Hemi...

At any rate, it would reall be cool to see the Olympics discover a whole new continent.
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Old 06-12-2009, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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Rio will win. Chicago is too cold.
Wow. What a stupid thing to say. Try to remember we're talking about the Summer Games here not the Winter Games.
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Old 06-12-2009, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Uh, don't you live in Iowa City? How in the world are you going to take a high-speed train to Chicago? None of the proposed corridors are going to pass through Iowa. The closest you're going to come to accessing one of these corridors is going to be in Madison or Minneapolis.

There are so many maddening gaps on this, I'm stupefied. You want to travel fast from Dallas to Little Rock? No problem. From Dallas to Houston? Cleveland to Pittsburgh? San Francisco to Eugene? Well... you may want to rent a car. It's just strange they would build these little islands of high-speed rail and not find some way of connecting them all into one large network. And I find it curious how the PNW line starts in Eugene but completely bypasses Portland, and the line doesn't connect to California at all. What a strange rail system. I wonder who designed it.
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