Well, as I'm sure many of you are aware of, Chicago will be the city the U.S. Olympic Committee will send to the World Olympic Committee for consideration in the 2016 Olympics. The decision on who the host city will be for the 2016 Olympics will be decided in 2009 if my memory serves me right.
Chicago is currently considered a favorite in the running due to the city's capabilities in holding the Olympics, the fact that the U.S. has not been the host country since 1996 (20 years when 2016 rolls around), and because Chicago is the only city to have its Olympic games taken away (when it went to St. Louis instead in the early 1900s in conjunction with the World's Fair).
I was just wondering what kind of implications an Olympics will have on the city of Chicago and the general region. I only remember faintly the Atlanta games. However, I think Atlanta kind of rose up in the 1990s to be a major player in the U.S. once again. And, is obvious, the business and cultural climates seem to have thrived and the metro area has seen tremendous growth since. The metro Atlanta area continues to sprawl like crazy.
What do you think will happen in Chicago should it be awarded the games? Will the business climate improve drastically? Will there be more downtown skyscrapers...residential and commercial? Will long-delayed transportation projects suddenly get the green light? Will Chicago become more of a major cultural and entertainment hub, being able to compete with NY and LA? Will crime rise or fall? Will efforts be made to clean up the blight? Will Chicagoland sprawl out immensely and grow at a more rapid rate? Will major landmarks get built? Will the city's demographics experience sharp shifts? Will other Midwestern cities in the Corn and Rust Belts benefit from a Chicago Olympics or will they suffer as a result? Those are just a few things to consider. Share your thoughts.