Friday, March 04, 2005

Olympic land grab?

To see more of those anti-NYC-Olympics spoofs, see this page of images. And this page encourages you to print and post them yourselves.

I'm not really sure how I feel about the proposal: On the one hand, it would be an exciting reason to transform a lot of the city and a great thing to look forward to and be proud of; on the other hand, it'll siphon off a lot of money in preparation, take up valuable space for sports venues, could end up costing the city more than it brings in and could distract from other basic quality of life issues, which the mayor has tried to focus on during his tenure. So far, the city has mostly benefited (although not everyone would agree) from hosting two recent short-term events: the RNC last summer and The Gates this winter. But the Summer Games are on a scale that dwarfs both of these combined. And in terms of getting decision makers and stake holders to champion the cause, this one is international.

The final say is up to the IOC at their "117th Session" in early July in Singapore. Bottom line: My bet is on Paris.

Meanwhile, only "343 giorni" until Torino 2006.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's a easy campaign to parody. One of my coworkers suggests:

people
will be late
for work

- Daryl