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Old 11-16-2009, 05:24 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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Green Houston. Houston is already an energy capital (and what I hear, working on alternative energy as well), and ranks surprisingly high on green building lists (including this recent one) EPA: Houston ranks #1 in Energy Star Homes
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I think the alternative/renewable energy or green themed Olympics would be a very good selling point for Houston.
Here's another related story just out
Houston to be launch city for Reliant, Nissan electric car deal
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Very true. But if other cities like Boston and Minneapolis which are liberal and more in line with European politics, are in the running for the Olympics, wouldn't you agree it may give them an advantage over the traditionally conservative cities of Texas?
I don't know; from a business perspective and people who have traveled. They know what Texas is all about; and will not easily dismiss it due to the fact that we have a bad rep. The biggest thing that cost Houston the Olympics was its lack of scenery; it had nothing to due with the conservative beliefs that people still believe Houston holds.
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the universe
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Very true. But if other cities like Boston and Minneapolis which are liberal and more in line with European politics, are in the running for the Olympics, wouldn't you agree it may give them an advantage over the traditionally conservative cities of Texas?
I really think that if a city like Houston or Dallas advertised themselves the right way, it wouldn't be too much of a problem. If they don't let the world stereotype them(because for whatever reason, Texas just wants to give in to them like "Okay, let's just give the people what they wanted to see...") and just move on. I mean some of the cities that bid have way worse problems like Rio and crime(I know people are going to come on here and say "Well Rio is known for it's beach and beautiful people...", but that crime is a topic of it's own), and definitely China and it's laws. But you know what, they can/did prove to us that they are/were capable of holding a worldwide event. The cities have what it takes, they just have to show the world that they have it.

But I also have to admit that holding the Olympics doesn't always do what you expect it would for a city. It could make cities end up in tons of debt and/or they will get stuck with an image they didn't even have before and probably don't want to keep.
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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I really think that if a city like Houston or Dallas advertised themselves the right way, it wouldn't be too much of a problem. If they don't let the world stereotype them(because for whatever reason, Texas just wants to give in to them like "Okay, let's just give the people what they wanted to see...") and just move on. I mean some of the cities that bid have way worse problems like Rio and crime(I know people are going to come on here and say "Well Rio is known for it's beach and beautiful people...", but that crime is a topic of it's own), and definitely China and it's laws. But you know what, they can/did prove to us that they are/were capable of holding a worldwide event. The cities have what it takes, they just have to show the world that they have it.

But I also have to admit that holding the Olympics doesn't always do what you expect it would for a city. It could make cities end up in tons of debt and/or they will get stuck with an image they didn't even have before and probably don't want to keep.
Yeah; I personally could care less if Houston hosted the Olympics; I'm more excited about the 2020 World Expo.
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I really think that if a city like Houston or Dallas advertised themselves the right way, it wouldn't be too much of a problem. If they don't let the world stereotype them(because for whatever reason, Texas just wants to give in to them like "Okay, let's just give the people what they wanted to see...") and just move on. I mean some of the cities that bid have way worse problems like Rio and crime(I know people are going to come on here and say "Well Rio is known for it's beach and beautiful people...", but that crime is a topic of it's own), and definitely China and it's laws. But you know what, they can/did prove to us that they are/were capable of holding a worldwide event. The cities have what it takes, they just have to show the world that they have it.

But I also have to admit that holding the Olympics doesn't always do what you expect it would for a city. It could make cities end up in tons of debt and/or they will get stuck with an image they didn't even have before and probably don't want to keep.
Good points. And also, wasn't Montreal left in hideous debt after they hosted the Olympics?
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:00 PM
 
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Being from Minneapolis I can tell you that people would be shocked about how beautiful the layout of the city is. Only an extended stay such as the olympics would highlight all the area has to offer to people. I think if the twin cities hosted the olympic people would have better time than they would expect.
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the universe
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Good points. And also, wasn't Montreal left in hideous debt after they hosted the Olympics?
Yes, about 30 years for them to pay off that stadium. And to tell you the truth, there are few cities that can even hold a worthwhile Olympics. Many have places held it, but it didn't exactly give them the international appeal they hoped for or it was just for the time being. For some, it does not even feel like it did anything for their image. I guess it just depends on how smart the city is. It's very difficult to deal with the Olympics that it makes me skeptical on it, and wish for some of my favorite cities not getting bent on hosting one. There are cities that are just really good at dealing with that type of event, though.
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the universe
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Yeah; I personally could care less if Houston hosted the Olympics; I'm more excited about the 2020 World Expo.
That's good for Houston. I think that kind of recognition is good in general and for getting Houston ready for more events.
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Old 11-16-2009, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Yeah; I personally could care less if Houston hosted the Olympics; I'm more excited about the 2020 World Expo.
Agreed. I think they have a much better chance at the Expo as well. All of the good things Houston is known for would mean way more influential in bringing the Expo than the Olympics. And, the more stories I real like this...

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the idea of Houston being able to lour the Expo seems more and more likely.

I know I already posted this, but I might as well post it again. It's a like to the Houston bid for the World Expo.

Expo Houston 2020: The next American World's Fair

Oh wow, and check out this quote form the website:

"Expos attract significantly larger number of visitors than the Olympic games. While the '96 Olympic games in Atlanta attractted [lol! they misspelled attracted] 2 million visitors, the 2010 Shanghai fair is estimated to receive 70 million."

That would be great exposure for Houston.

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Old 11-16-2009, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Good points. And also, wasn't Montreal left in hideous debt after they hosted the Olympics?
Out of the cities that have officially decided to bid, I really like Boston the best. Do you think Boston getting the Olympics would be good for the city or would they end up collecting a massive debt like Montreal?
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