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Old 11-15-2009, 05:16 PM
 
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Note that when Atlanta had the Olympics, they held events in Birmingham.
Atlanta held a soccer prelim at Legion Field in Birmingham...along with Washington D.C., Athens, Miami, and Orlando. The soccer competition requires several large stadiums and is always somewhat spread out compared to the other events, kinda like the World Cup. The only events held outside of Metro Atlanta were yachting (Savannah), slalom canoing/kayak (Ocoee River), and softball (Columbus)...and most of the events were inside the Olympic Ring Downtown.
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:27 PM
 
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St Louis should host it. let's be honest only 3 US cities have any experience hosting the olympics and Los Angeles and Atlanta have bad enough traffic already, traffic that doesn't need to be compounded by the olympics. That leaves St. Louis.

Plus if its in St. Louis a greater push could be made for the midwest high speed rail system. With St. Louis as the hub instead of Chicago. Then a few neighboring cities Chicago KC Indianapolis Cincinnati could handle a few events. Also we have a pretty underused airport and MidAmerica airport on the immediate illside.

St. Louis -- its the smart choice.
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:41 PM
 
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St Louis should host it. let's be honest only 3 US cities have any experience hosting the olympics and Los Angeles and Atlanta have bad enough traffic already, traffic that doesn't need to be compounded by the olympics. That leaves St. Louis.

Plus if its in St. Louis a greater push could be made for the midwest high speed rail system. With St. Louis as the hub instead of Chicago. Then a few neighboring cities Chicago KC Indianapolis Cincinnati could handle a few events. Also we have a pretty underused airport and MidAmerica airport on the immediate illside.

St. Louis -- its the smart choice.
Traffic was eerily non-existent in Atlanta during the Olympics. The city prepared everyone to stay off the roads as much as possible and use public transit - and they did.
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Old 11-16-2009, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Rumors are since Chicago did not get 2016 Miami wants to be in the running for 2024 or 2020. I dont see it happening in Miami but who knows.
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Old 11-16-2009, 02:02 AM
 
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Traffic was eerily non-existent in Atlanta during the Olympics. The city prepared everyone to stay off the roads as much as possible and use public transit - and they did.
you do know the population in atlanta has increased quite a bit since then don't you?
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:20 AM
 
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As a Bostonian, I would have to be sold on the Olympics. Whenever the Olympics come, instead of building necessary long term infrastructure or housing, they build things that will be redundant after two weeks. Boston needs housing, housing, and more housing. We need development of office/retail/housing hybrid projects only in Southie. I know there would be an economic boost, and all of the colleges along with the garden and convention centers would be a good start, I would have to be convinced that more necessary long term buildings wouldnt be sacrificed for a watercube or something.

And I would lead a boycott if the Olympics were held in Dubai. The UAE is one of the worlds final bastions of slavery, as well as the most economically disparate country in the world. 200,000 workers in the city of Dubai make less than a dollar a day. Seriously, read up on the UAE- you will be disgusted.
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:32 AM
 
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you do know the population in atlanta has increased quite a bit since then don't you?
Of course...I'm not sure what that has to do with anything. The point I was making is that the city asked people to avoid driving as much as possible during the Olympics, and they did just that. There was not even any rush hour traffic during those two weeks, and MARTA was packed at all hours.

Just stating the facts...I'm have no idea what you're getting at.
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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I would agree with this. Houston lacks in the international reputation and appeal category. I think right now, too many people associate the city to oil, pollution, and George Bush, even if that doesn't at all give an accurate representation of what Houston "is." I think the city is focusing on the 2020 World Expo and maybe the Pan-American Games as well. I think Houston has a good shot at the World Expo considering its position in energy (including alternative energy), heath care, biotech, space exploration, and over all research. Of course there is the problem of whether or not the Expo will come back to America after being snubbed for about 30 years and they would have to beat out Dubai, New York, San Francisco and a ton of other world class cities. I think they can do it though. As for American cities bidding, I think the Expo would do a lot more for Houston than it would for New York or San Francisco.
Houston does international recognition as a business megacenter. Dallas is more well known in pop culture and overall, but Houston is more well know in the business world.
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Denver
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I think it will be tough for any cities in Texas to get the olympics, simply because to many foreigners Texas represents "evil" America. It's home to cowboys, big cars, highways, and W. Whether or not it's fair or true, it seems to be how outsiders view the state.
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Houston
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I think it will be tough for any cities in Texas to get the olympics, simply because to many foreigners Texas represents "evil" America. It's home to cowboys, big cars, highways, and W. Whether or not it's fair or true, it seems to be how outsiders view the state.
That was exactly my point about Houston and you could include Texas for that matter. Even on these boards, it seems like there are a lot of unfair and untrue negative stereotypes from people in the United States. Even though W is not for Texas (he's from Connecticut and they should stick his library in Hartford and keep it far away from Dallas and our state), this is unfortunately the state most associated with him. I've noticed that cowboys isn't always a negative thing to foreigners (even though the state has changed a lot sense the 1880's), but big cars, highways, and oil usually are.
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