Friday, October 06, 2006

Vancouver is Different

Sometimes I feel like I'm losing my grip on reality. Or at least sometimes reality manages to defy what I consider to be my reasonable expectations. I should make a note of when this happens because I suspect that the frequency is increasing. Check this out: City Wants 2028 Olympics. Quote:
Vancouver and Seattle will join forces to try to attract a post-2010 global mega-event, with a wish list that includes co-hosting the 2018 World Cup of soccer, a world's fair around 2020 or the 2028 Summer Olympics.
Hole. Lee. Sh*t. Now I have a little voice in my head going wheeeee!. Thanks, Vancouver Sun. I don't want to give anybody the impression that I'm some kind of party-pooper, or socialist, but I'm not the only person who thinks there are better ways to invest public money. Quote:
What is it about these events that’s get otherwise sensible people so out of their tree? Wasn’t the Montreal experience bad enough? Why plan around short term sporting events? Why not plan around the needs of the people who are here and who cannot be housed or moved around in any reasonable way?
Of course we have to get being a jack-a** and driving around in an expensive car in as a demonstration sport (if not a full-fledged event!). The Yaletown training facility is already completed, after all.