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Old 08-07-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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There is very little connection between Baltimore and DC except driving and the MARC train. That would have to drastically improve. That is really the only way this wouldn't become a headache. There is also not a much of a benefit from each city because the events would be so spread out. It's not like they would be in one place.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:18 AM
 
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There is very little connection between Baltimore and DC except driving and the MARC train. That would have to drastically improve. That is really the only way this wouldn't become a headache. There is also not a much of a benefit from each city because the events would be so spread out. It's not like they would be in one place.
It can be worked out. It's a great idea. I think the DC-Baltimore area is just as capable as any other international city. It can be done. That's why you have like 8 years to prepare. Yes, there will be challenges, but each time, the host city has risen to them and people have a great time.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:45 AM
 
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Another thread on the same topic....

https://www.city-data.com/forum/maryl...ympic-bid.html

I'd say only if it can be entirely paid for by private/commercial sponsorships/fundings. Otherwise, we can't even get our own house straight (traffic, transportation, infrastructure failures every time we get some weather) much less host a international event. There are more results like Montreal, Vancouver, Athens than there are LAs, and Salt Lake Cities.

Economic forecasts are like weather people... they are much better historians.... Local case in point - Baltimore Grand Prix
Private interes doesn't build infrastructure. It is almost always public.

Could work if there was a big infrastructure upgrade, and this would benefit the area in the long run
However, I doubt the funding is there and that they could build it on time.
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:19 AM
 
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Private interes doesn't build infrastructure. It is almost always public.

Could work if there was a big infrastructure upgrade, and this would benefit the area in the long run
However, I doubt the funding is there and that they could build it on time.
If you look at the figures, the funding is always there. I don't think I've every known a city to turn down a bid for a lack of funds. At worst, bonds would be issued. They would have no problem paying back the investors because the olympics usually brings in billions as noted in the article. There always seems to be a way. Like I said, if Atlanta can get it done, I'm sure the capital of the free world could get it done.
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:36 AM
 
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If you look at the figures, the funding is always there. I don't think I've every known a city to turn down a bid for a lack of funds. At worst, bonds would be issued. They would have no problem paying back the investors because the olympics usually brings in billions as noted in the article. There always seems to be a way. Like I said, if Atlanta can get it done, I'm sure the capital of the free world could get it done.
The poster was talking about private interest. They don't build infrastructure as there is no profit in it unless the government subsidizes it and that is still using public funding.

They certainly could do it. I'm not sure if they could get all the funding they want though. I'm sure they could get some but not all they need.

Then there is the issue of how these things tend to go way over budget and rarely get finished when they are supposed to and sometimes take years longer then expected.
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:48 AM
 
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The poster was talking about private interest. They don't build infrastructure as there is no profit in it unless the government subsidizes it and that is still using public funding.

They certainly could do it. I'm not sure if they could get all the funding they want though. I'm sure they could get some but not all they need.

Then there is the issue of how these things tend to go way over budget and rarely get finished when they are supposed to and sometimes take years longer then expected.
I do recall Greece having some financial issues when they hosted the olympics.
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:07 PM
 
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I read this article earlier and thought "dear god, no". Then, I thought about it a little more and realized I could rent my house out for 2 weeks and take a nice relaxing vacation.
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:20 PM
 
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I think so too, if only for the no-longer-ignorable infrastructure improvements that hosting the games would require.
Yeah the metro and Marc would need to be built out significantly as well as any trolley, BRT or LRT system
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:21 PM
 
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I lived in Atlanta when they hosted the '96 Olympics. It would not be a problem here. They'd probably need to build a new swimming venue...and of course a signature "olympic stadium" for track & field...unless they renovated an existing stadium. Metro is already better than Marta (Atlanta) ever was...in terms of accesibility and stations, etc... not necessarily safety.
I remember the big worry about ATL leading up to it was the traffic. Of course it turned out to be the greatest 2 weeks of ATL traffic i ever experienced. So many people just left town or took vacation for those couple weeks..getting to work was cake. The other thing were all the bars & restaurants that lost money anticipating huge crowds. Unless your restaurant was within walking distance of the downtown Olympic park, the restaurants and bars were dead. Visitors mainly went to places that were close to the main action. They didn't stray all over the metro area..and ATL is huge like DC/Balt. I've heard this same situation has happened to other olympic cities.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:24 PM
 
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I lived in Atlanta when they hosted the '96 Olympics. It would not be a problem here. They'd probably need to build a new swimming venue...and of course a signature "olympic stadium" for track & field...unless they renovated an existing stadium. Metro is already better than Marta (Atlanta) ever was...in terms of accesibility and stations, etc... not necessarily safety.
I remember the big worry about ATL leading up to it was the traffic. Of course it turned out to be the greatest 2 weeks of ATL traffic i ever experienced. So many people just left town or took vacation for those couple weeks..getting to work was cake. The other thing were all the bars & restaurants that lost money anticipating huge crowds. Unless your restaurant was within walking distance of the downtown Olympic park, the restaurants and bars were dead. Visitors mainly went to places that were close to the main action. They didn't stray all over the metro area..and ATL is huge like DC/Balt. I've heard this same situation has happened to other olympic cities.
Stop making sense and talking realities.
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