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Olympics: Chicago 2016

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by Earl Bonovich, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

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    OMG... you are going to connect the astronomically unseasonal temperature spikes... and the tragedy that occured with the Marathon...

    Anyone of the orginizations that would/could have organized the event... could not have predicted "that" to occur.

    They have run the marathon for how many years?
    Also...IIRC... the marathon was not organized by the city, but by a seperate entity...

    I have lived in ChicagoLand for 31 of my 33 years, and the 2 that I missed... I was 5 and 6...

    FYI: The person that died during the marthon, the autopsy report was released today... he had a faulty heart valve... it was not heat related...
     
  2. edvo

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    I hope Chicago gets the once in a lifetime chance! I had moved to ATL over 3 years before the Olympics and watched many positive infrastructure improvements. As for the 17 days, my family treated it as a huge vacation and we saw at least one event per day. We witnessed 57 gold medals awarded (some track or wrestling days had 6-7 a session) and it was a time we will never forget. We were in the park the night of the bombing, but it was great to see the crowds come back stronger after they reopened.
    ATL was trashed a lot by the media, but some things were out of their control (IBM screwed up the computers early on) or fixed early (busses getting lost). The street vendor program was a mess, but not much different than Final Fours or Super Bowls, just more. To hear people say "I heard ATL was a disaster" etc. puzzles me, but all I can say is I was there everyday, and the crowds were HUGE. I did witness two instances of foreign press people berating security guards because they had to use a certain press entrance and if I was a guard, I would have maced them. Also, Dick Pound of the IOC was pissed off because his drunk wife was arrested for jaywalking!
    Traffic was great because everyone was scared off by a big stay off the road campaign. GOOD LUCK!
     
  3. off a cough

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    The nice thing about Chicago being in the running for the Olympics is that all the dead IOC members can vote for them.

    The Colts: Finishing what Mrs. O'Leary's cow started (we love you, New Orleans)
     
  4. Roquefort

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    Good Luck, Chicago! Yes, I vote to have the good people of Chicago enjoy the Olympics...and the traffic that goes with it.

    Forgive my selfishness but here in LA, traffic is already past horrible....no need to add more to it. :nono:
     
  5. Earl Bonovich

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    IMHO...

    Temporary head-aches... most definently out weight the benefits of it.

    And frankly... it wouldn't be much worse that we deal with in typical traffic and delays do to consruction... and may even help out in the long run, as all the infrastructure projects would be completed in a shorter period of time... and then we would go a few years without major projects... IMHO
     
  6. Stuart Sweet

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    Mrs. Shadow says traffic was never better than during the 1984 Olympics. She says there were special rules in force. That being said I do not know how much actual commuting she did in those days.
     
  7. Roquefort

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    Point taken...if Chicago winning the bid means jobs for those in need and positive cash-flow for local businesses, then yes, it is worth it...

    Sounds like public transportation is pretty good in Chicago, right?
     
  8. Roquefort

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    "Special rules?" Like what? Mandatory telecommuting to offload traffic congestion (maybe not in 1984...)?

    SIGH...that would be nice.
     
  9. Earl Bonovich

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    Yes and no.

    It is better then most cities (IMHO).
    But it can use an overhaul and upgrade... though...
     
  10. Lee L

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    I love Chicago. We vistied freinds there and the transportation was awesome. I am sure it could be upgraded, but coming form a place where ther eis almost nothing except buses that run every hour and a half and take at least that long to go 10 miles, it was so much fun to be able to take the Metra in and go just about anywhere on the El or a Cab. (just don;t try to take the El to the Museum of Science and Industry as that is a long freaking walk from the station. ;) )
     
  11. weirdude2304

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    I have a question here. How will they add more lanes to the expressways? Aren't they maxxed out currently? They just finished making the ryan 5 or 6 lanes in each direction with still express lanes, the borman/kingery is now 4 lanes in each direction with one or two local lanes, the tri-state is 4 lanes with some sections of 5 lanes up to 163rd street, 55 is being widened in the new few years. Aren't they kind of out of room.
    On 2nd thought they do need more metra and maybe newer cars for the electric to chicago heights and university park as those cars are kinda old and crappy.
     
  12. Earl Bonovich

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    You are right... they are out of room to go wider in most cases.

    However, they can work on the bottle neck points... the interchanges between the highways/expressways...

    Extend the EL and/or the METRA lines.... Improve the EL... they could make it three or four tracks, or even make it a mono-rail type system so they can run more trains, on less.

    They could also build a feeder system on the outside of the suburbs, so people going from the South Burbs to the West, or North to the West, don't have to cut through the middle to get there.

    There is a lot that can be done.... even if it is just tweaking what is already there.
     
  13. Stuart Sweet

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    Something about trucks being asked to stay off the road during peak hours. I will have to ask her again.
     
  14. Stuart Sweet

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    A little birdie told me...

    Chicago made it to the final 4 today.

    Along with Tokyo, Madrid and Rio.
     
  15. James Long

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    Press Release:
    http://www.chicago2016.org/News/Pages/ChicagoSelectedasCandidateCity.aspx

    Today the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selected the City of Chicago as a Candidate City to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The announcement came during the international SportAccord meeting in Athens, Greece. With the announcement, Chicago officially becomes a Candidate City and enters the next stage of the bid campaign. Madrid, Spain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Tokyo, Japan, were also named Candidate Cities.

    The selection marks the start of the international phase of the bidding process. Previously, Chicago and all of the other Applicant Cities could only partake in a domestic campaign.
     
  16. paja

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    Being a native Chicago area resident(all my life), I'm excited with the possibility of the Olympics. Let's look at the final four. Tokyo-already had an Olympics. Madrid-Europe just had an Olympics in Greece. So that leaves Chicago & Rio in my opinion.
     
  17. n3ntj

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    When I saw this on the news, I immediately thought of Earl.
     

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