dookdookdook: Seems remarkably un-looted, IMO.If I were a poor Greek of a certain attitude toward society, that podium in the last picture would be in my basement and/or on ebay in about 5 seconds.
Wolfmanjames: One of the reasons the LA games in 1994 were so successful was that nearly all the venues used were pre-existing. IIRC, only the velodrome needed to be built.
zeroman987: Part of Greece's problem was that they could attract people from wealthier nations to their country for a relatively cheap vacation. Then the Euro came and messed that up.I'm not saying that things were peachy keen before the euro, but when I visited in 2005, there was a lot of grousing from the locals we talked to; the Euro basically stopped the gravy train.
The Bestest: I live less than 5 miles from the 1996 tennis facility. It sits unused, unmaintained and overgrown for at least 5 years now.Well, I'd guess there are other places to play tennis that aren't in Stone Mountain or Tucker.
Wolfmanjames: One of the reasons the LA games in 1994 1984 were so successful was that nearly all the venues used were pre-existing. IIRC, only the velodrome needed to be built.
ThisIsntMe: Well, I'd guess there are other places to play tennis that aren't in Stone Mountain or Tucker.
Khazar-Khum: There's a handful of cities that have recently hosted the games that could host them again. Los Angeles, Vancouver, Sydney, Seoul, London are all in positions where they could host them again. So why not rotate the games between these places, instead of spending $51 to build places with no pillows or water?Wait, I forgot. It's the IOC. They make Zimbabwe look honest.
Raider_dad: Things are so bad a bycyclist is confused with a pedestrian.
abhorrent1: At least in Brazil the cartels can take them over when they're done and pay for maintenance. Then they'll have lots of headless body storage.
Gosling: Wolfmanjames: One of the reasons the LA games in 1994 were so successful was that nearly all the venues used were pre-existing. IIRC, only the velodrome needed to be built.Yeah, this is pretty much the key to a successful hosting job. Look around and see how much stuff you already have built. Use it. If the IOC tells you they really need new venues, just laugh at them. If you don't get the Olympics, oh well. It'll be on the IOC when they and the host city have to go screaming at the construction crews again when the construction crews know full well they can charge whatever the hell they want and the city basically has no choice but to pony up lest they look like idiots in front of the entire planet.Hi, Rio. How's that going, by the way?
LemSkroob: Are they crumbling, or had they still just not finished building them yet?but come on, thats cherry picking. Greece was a shiathole before and after the Olympics. the venues will suffer the same fate. If you thought the greeks were going to show effort or initiative, you thought wrong.
BKITU: Because Greece didn't have the worst economic meltdown of all industrialized countries following the Great Shiatstorm, amirite?Methinks they may have prioritized their budgets a little more austerely than funding something like "rowing stadium seat maintenance."
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