As a former Chicagoan, I’m really glad that Chicago didn’t get the olympics.
The olympics are almost always a terrible political boondoggle that cost cities an enormous amount of money and do not create jobs. Boosters always like to claim they do, but there’s no long term evidence of this. It took Montreal over 30 years to pay off the debt created by the 1976 Olympics. It also creates a way for cities to enforce draconian “security measures” on their citizens.
Here’s a fun idea! How about now that they’ve been rejected, Chicago takes all those hundreds of millions that the Olympics would have cost and creates the greatest international art festival the world has ever seen? Or, if the goal is fostering international understanding, we bring together the greatest intellectuals from every country on earth and solve all the worlds problems? These are ideas I can get behind!
photo by Daquella manera