The 2020 Olympics? Seriously?

I am all for dreaming big. I support a grandiose, imaginative vision for our city, and I certainly want Nashville’s leaders to do the same. But there’s a difference between dreaming big and just being ridiculous. I saw in this morning’s City Paper that Clement wants Nashville to bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Clearly, this is one idea that goes over the line.

I grew up in Atlanta, a city of close to five million people at the time of the 1996 Olympic Games. A city with a mass-transit system far superior to Nashville’s. A city with one of the top five biggest convention centers in the country. A city with an 80,000 seat indoor stadium. And on, and on, and on… And with all that, and all the resources available to a city that is more than three times the size of Nashville, the 1996 games were still botched. The bottom line is that Nashville is simply not big enough or well-prepared enough to put together anything more than a laughable bid for the Summer Olympics. And the same will still be true in 10 years, no matter who’s elected or how hard everyone in the city works. It’s just not feasible.

Please understand I am not trying to single out Bob Clement. I do support Karl Dean but I recognize that his campaign has probably put some outlandish proposals out there, too. He may have even signed onto this crazy 2020 bid idea – I don’t know. But I hope that everyone that’s planning to vote in this election can recognize crazy and worthless campaign blather when they see it.

Side note to Mayoral and At-Large Candidates: Stop calling my cell phone! Please!

2 Comments so far

  1. Kate O' (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

    Agreed. Hosting the Olympics here would be a huge strain, and from what I’ve read, the ROI for such a huge project hasn’t been all that easy to prove in most former host cities. (I provided a few links in this entry a few months ago.)

    And yeah, I wish the candidates would stop calling, too.

  2. Jill (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    Any info. on HOW to get our cell phones off the election commission’s list? I am so sick of getting these calls. I actually told one of the ladies who called that I am not supporting her candidate simply because they won’t leave me alone! I got 4 calls from people yesterday. Ridiculous.

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