Chicago Olympics thought
Carrie linked to this a bit ago. It's a piece in the Chicago Reader by Ben Joravsky -- "An Open Letter to the IOC: Why you don't want to give Chicago the Olympics."
He makes the argument that they just might not be able to do it financially. And he says that while the public opposition is not that visible currently, that really could change when people realize "oh shit, our schools and infrastructure are crumbling, and you want us to spend our tax money this year on what?"
And apart from the money, there's the question of whether they could actually pull it off physically. Sure, it's not Chicago city agencies that would be running the show. But they'd be part of it. And I don't mean to sound anti-government, because I'm not, but I just don't know that they could pull it off. I was talking to a friend who used to work for a Chicago agency and his stories of bureaucracy lived up to all the cliches. Do the Olympics people really want to have the fun of trying to work with that?