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Old 06-16-2014, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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Good. We have much more urgent problems to worry about. Like funding transportation infrastructure, securing additional water supplies, and stamping out the persistent corruption in city, county governments and DISD. This on top of the struggle to cultivate new commercial development in south Dallas. We are simply not a world class city yet, ready for the world's microscope.

Atlanta was selected for two reasons. First, the Salt Lake 2002 bribery investigations showed the IOC took bribes starting with the Atlanta bid in 1990. Second, Atlanta's competition was Athens, which was a disorganized **** show of a candidate city. People just assumed the IOC would give the games to Athens for the centennial games.

Watching Atlanta since the 1996 games makes me want nothing to do with the Olympics here. The folks there balked at bidding again for the games and generally want to forget the 1996 games and move on. Olympic Stadium aka Turner Field is scheduled for demolition when the Braves move to their new stadium in Cobb County. The Georgia Dome is facing likely demolition when the new Falcons stadium opens. There are no lasting legacies of the games in the city other than the downtown park, which is blighted as the site of the bombing. If we're going to go on this ten-year commitment for the games, I want it to result in lasting, positive transformation that makes sustainability and the legacy of venues and infrastructure improvements the priority. Merely hoping the games will push us to fix our problems is unrealistic - that's what places like Athens and Montreal hoped and it's been a nightmare for them since.
What a blithering blast of hot air. Atlanta native here and you are so off it is amusing. Or incredibly sad.
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Old 06-16-2014, 06:10 PM
 
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Atlanta was selected for two reasons. First, the Salt Lake 2002 bribery investigations showed the IOC took bribes starting with the Atlanta bid in 1990. Second, Atlanta's competition was Athens, which was a disorganized **** show of a candidate city. People just assumed the IOC would give the games to Athens for the centennial games..

Dallasites are not corrupt enough to know how to figure out the bribe system.

As far as venues go, Dallas has the chops to do it. Sept/October would be the time to do it. Would have to plan carefully around the other pro sports.
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Old 06-16-2014, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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Why Atlanta? Simple.

I'd like to buy the world a Coke.

With an assist from ... This is CNN.
Those two helped, but one could say that MLK Jr. got the Olympics for Atlanta. A case can be made that Atlanta's legacy in the Civil Rights movement sealed the deal. Andrew Young very successfully lobbied this "branding" to the sizeable African bloc and they were behind Atlanta from the get go. Without this, Atlanta would have fallen in the earlier rounds. And yes, Coke and CNN (moreso then for CNN than now) plus MLK give Atlanta a higher name recognition outside of the country than it has at home.
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