Score one for the pessimists!
From Chicago Breaking News:
No transit overhaul in city's Olympic bid
"Despite concerns that transportation is a major weakness in Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics, the transit system proposed by the city relies heavily on existing infrastructure, according to its bid book unveiled this morning.
"'Chicago's current transport infrastructure effectively delivers millions to parks where venues and celebration sites are planned,' it said."
If by "effectively" you mean "eventually," perhaps.
"The Olympic organizing team is not relying on the games to accelerate infrastructure investment in the region, said Patrick Ryan, chairman and chief executive office of Chicago 2016."
Funny how everyone else was assuming that they would. And calling me a pessimist for ever doubting it.
"He pointed out that China had to build up its airport facilities in Bejing, but 'we already have O'Hare and O'Hare expansion.'"
But didn't China also invent a subway system in Bejing or something? And O'Hare expansion? Really? Most of the games would be down here on the (supposedly) transit-starved south side, and they're boasting about expansion at O'Hare? That's like two hours away utilizing existing infrastructure on a good day!
I don't know about you pipe-dreaming optimists, but I hear several more nails in the coffin.