The February 2010 issue of the American Planning Association’s magazine, Planning, gives a brief postmortem on the 2016 bid. The article asks the questions that no one in Chicago seemingly wants to face:
“What does a city gain, or lose, by hosting the Olympics? Did Chicago lose? Or did it win?” The author then goes on to tell his readers what No Games Chicago had been saying all along:
“Unfortunately, hosting the Games gets no medals as an urban development strategy. Host efforts tend to be over promised and underfunded, and seldom achieve the goals local organizers set out.” Download the full article.
Aren’t there some members of the American Planning Association in Chicago? Where were they when the bid was being proposed and marketed to the citizens of Chicago and the rest of Illinois?