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Nacre    167

As much as I thought winning over Paris in a race would be a PR disaster for Los Angeles, this is a huge positive for the city and for California. Instead of damaging the Olympic movement in Europe for a generation, LA gets to join with Paris in saving the Olympics once again. There will be no embittered European media to trash the city and point every minor flaw in the city, except for the British tabloids which do that to everything under the sun.

Now if only they could speed up the construction of California's high speed rail line to open in 2028 instead of 2029.

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baron-pierreIV    1622

Oh boy, all the sports-management wannabees are going to be faced with a field day and dilemna for 2026 and 2028.  Unless World Cup 2026 puts its offices in LA, persons who work for WC 2026 will have very little time to transition from WC 2026 to LA 2028.  What to do? what to do?? 

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Roger87    189

The silver lining will be the "Abrahamtroll disciple" finally disappearing of the forum for a long time (Ever better as forever)

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jtrevino    1
5 hours ago, Nacre said:

As much as I thought winning over Paris in a race would be a PR disaster for Los Angeles, this is a huge positive for the city and for California. Instead of damaging the Olympic movement in Europe for a generation, LA gets to join with Paris in saving the Olympics once again. There will be no embittered European media to trash the city and point every minor flaw in the city, except for the British tabloids which do that to everything under the sun.

Now if only they could speed up the construction of California's high speed rail line to open in 2028 instead of 2029.

That would be amazing. It really relies on the current administration getting on board with HSR funding. Trump is supportive of HSR, but that doesnt translate to actual funding. He treats the country’s funds like it were his money and he wants other people to pay for things he supports. California has to do it themselves, so I don’t HSR finishing before projections. Funding will come in year by year and slowly.  

Los Angeles, on the other hand, has about $50 billion to spend on rail. The city might be able to push forward certain rails and "skip the line” in time for the Olympics.

 

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GoNutz    2

Mehh, I think we'll need to see what happens in the years between 2020 and 2022 before we even contemplate whether or not the Olympic movement is "saved," traffic will be terrible, but at least the costs will be manageable, and the venues aren't that big of a worry. I love my city, and I like the Olympics, I hope 2028 meets or beats 1984's experience! 

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JMarkSnow2012    354
On 01/08/2017 at 6:02 AM, Nacre said:

Instead of damaging the Olympic movement in Europe for a generation, LA gets to join with Paris in saving the Olympics once again.

More than that:

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/03/this-is-definitely-a-moment-olympics-crown-las-remarkable-renaissance

'This is definitely a moment': Olympics crown LA's remarkable renaissance
Rory Carroll in Los Angeles, Thursday 3 August 2017

The Guardian

 

... mayor Eric Garcetti is exuberant.

“This shows that LA is still a can-do city. We didn’t make a bid that said, ‘if the Olympics comes we’ll do all these things’. We said, ‘we’re doing all these things, the Olympics should come’,” he told the Guardian. “This is definitely a moment. People want to be here.”

 

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Nacre    167
22 hours ago, GoNutz said:

Mehh, I think we'll need to see what happens in the years between 2020 and 2022 before we even contemplate whether or not the Olympic movement is "saved," traffic will be terrible, but at least the costs will be manageable, and the venues aren't that big of a worry. I love my city, and I like the Olympics, I hope 2028 meets or beats 1984's experience! 

Traffic should not be a problem. People are more likely to use mass transit to get to events like this, and the Olympic fans will simply replace other people in hotels and on roads. No one wants to schedule a business meeting or trade show during the Olympics, schools will be closed for the summer, and many locals will avoid traveling through the city during the games.

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GoNutz    2
1 hour ago, Nacre said:

Traffic should not be a problem. People are more likely to use mass transit to get to events like this, and the Olympic fans will simply replace other people in hotels and on roads. No one wants to schedule a business meeting or trade show during the Olympics, schools will be closed for the summer, and many locals will avoid traveling through the city during the games.

I suppose it's possible. We could have working self-driving cars and stuff by then so it might not be that bad, but in today's LA, the traffic would be a literal nightmare. The other thing is using dorms for housing, USC's students comes back like the third week of August, people move back in 2 weeks to start school the 21st, I don't know about the UC system, they might be on quarters, but that's still a pretty quick turnaround from the games to students. I have no doubts they'll be able to do it, I just think it will be pretty interesting.

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Nacre    167
52 minutes ago, GoNutz said:

I suppose it's possible. We could have working self-driving cars and stuff by then so it might not be that bad, but in today's LA, the traffic would be a literal nightmare.

There was less traffic during the Olympics in 1984 than there was during a normal day in Los Angeles. I was only 3 at the time, so I don't remember what the traffic was like, but my parents and grandparents insist it was easy to drive from Fullerton to the marathon and sailing on the beaches. And the media generally agrees with that assessment.

Of all the complaints about the Olympics, traffic is the one that is never really a problem.

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Kenadian    300

Nearly everyone in every Olympic city says "traffic will be terrible!" and then they're proven wrong.

 

Having lived through the Olympics in my backyard (Vancouver in 2010), those 2 weeks were the easiest weeks for driving ever. LOL! Foot traffic, sidewalks, and plazas were very busy though.

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Rob.    1975
13 hours ago, GoNutz said:

I suppose it's possible. We could have working self-driving cars and stuff by then so it might not be that bad, but in today's LA, the traffic would be a literal nightmare. The other thing is using dorms for housing, USC's students comes back like the third week of August, people move back in 2 weeks to start school the 21st, I don't know about the UC system, they might be on quarters, but that's still a pretty quick turnaround from the games to students. I have no doubts they'll be able to do it, I just think it will be pretty interesting.

Think you're forgetting the Paralympians will be moving in after the Olympics. I'm sure they've thought about all this though!

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LatinXTC    262
6 hours ago, Rob. said:

Think you're forgetting the Paralympians will be moving in after the Olympics. I'm sure they've thought about all this though!

Not a problem. Given that most people don't care about the Paralympics and hotels won't be at full capacity for those games there will be plenty of space there.

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baron-pierreIV    1622
20 hours ago, GoNutz said:

I suppose it's possible. We could have working self-driving cars and stuff by then so it might not be that bad, but in today's LA, the traffic would be a literal nightmare. The other thing is using dorms for housing, USC's students comes back like the third week of August, people move back in 2 weeks to start school the 21st, I don't know about the UC system, they might be on quarters, but that's still a pretty quick turnaround from the games to students. I have no doubts they'll be able to do it, I just think it will be pretty interesting.

They can always tweak the school-year just for that semester.  Plus, there's also Pepperdine, Loyola-Marymount, CSU-Long Beach, Dominguez Hills who can also lease their dorms in a pinch.  And if all the dorm situations are maxxed out, there's probably a new, big development of apartments/condos or two which have not opened yet to the public which LAOOC-28 can  lease for the short period needed.  Having staged 2 Olympic Games before, and of course, working with Tokyo and Paris, the Org Committee will have a handle on this.  Housing for 2028 I think is the least of the worries of the new LAOOC.  It's transport and contingency plans should a major quake derail/delay things, that they will have to work on.   

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LatinXTC    262

Isn't UCLA where the athletes for the Olympics will stay? Looks like their fall semester doesn't normally begin until late September.

http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/Calendars/Annual-Academic-Calendar

And since it looks like there probably won't be summer sessions then the dorms will be completely available for Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

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ejaycat    41

Being that LA's pretty much gotten the bid to host 2028 and there's really no more debating about it (ergo nothing else really to talk about), for shits and giggles, I thought I'd post pictures of the USC Village which just opened, and will be the Media Village for the Summer Olympics in 2028.  I've also included some pics of buildings on the USC campus itself.

It was designed in an ersatz Gothic style, which in my opinion has no historical context to Los Angeles or southern California whatsoever.  USC's older buildings are done in an Italian Romanesque style; though there's no real historical context to that, at least it's "Mediterranean," as is SoCal's climate.  Later buildings were Modernistic, but as of late, it seems quite a number of USC's buildings are being done in a Gothic style.

I took these pictures yesterday.  So, this will be the environment that the international media will be staying in... 11 years from now!  Maybe it will have weathered a bit and look more established, instead of looking brand-spanking new and like a movie studio backlot.  

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What?  But it's not August 17, 2017 yet! :P

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Hehe, a Trader Joe's in a faux medieval village.  Next door to it is a Target, a smaller, "urban-format" one.

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The shorter building on the left is actually a Catholic Church across the street.

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The Ronald Tutor Campus Center.  This and the adjacent Annenberg Hall will be the Main Press Center for the 2028 Games (with the International Broadcast Center being at Universal City).

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I wonder if by 2028, this Sprinkles Cupcake ATM will still be around.  

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The Physical Education Building at USC.

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Can anyone read Greek?

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The back side of Dedeaux Field, which of course will be temporarily used as the swim center during the 2028 Games.  

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The Uytengsu Aquatics Center, the pool used during the 1984 Summer Olympics.  In 2028, it'll be a practice/warmup pool.

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And across from this is the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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Jefferson Boulevard looking east from McClintock Avenue, with the USC Village on the left and the USC campus on the right, out of frame.

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USC Village.

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A few extras.

The Rose Bowl in Pasadena... only about 4 miles from where I live.  11 minutes if I drive there.  I took this picture yesterday.

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I went to the Fowler Museum on the UCLA campus today to look at an exhibit, and after I left the museum, I snapped this picture.  In the foreground is the soccer field and intramural field, in the background are the stands of Drake Stadium and some of the UCLA dorms.  They of course will house the athletes for the 2028 Olympics.  

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Even the parking garage elevator reminds you that this is Bruin territory.  Gooooooo, Bruins!

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And, the athletes will be just up Westwood Boulevard from Persian Square, which is a nice collection of Persian businesses and restaurants.  In my opinion, a trip to LA is not complete without having authentic Mexican food, Persian food, and Persian ice cream.  This is "Tehrangeles" after all!

I got the saffron with pistachio ice cream.  Deeeeeelicious!

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ejaycat    41
4 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

/\/\ OMG!! I gotta try that  saffron-pistachio ice cream!!

 

You should, it's really good! 

The ice cream shop is called Saffron & Rose, and it's at 1387 Westwood Boulevard in LA.  I highly recommend it! :)

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mr.bernham    363

Curbed LA posted a great article that talks about all the transportation infrastructure projects going on in LA that will be completed by 2028. By 2028 the city is expected to have one of the most extensive transportation networks next to New York City. I imagine that Europeans will find LA easier to get around in 2028 than they would have in 1984, and certainly easier than Atlanta in 1996. As an added bonus most of these projects will be completed before the games meaning that they will be well tested and used before the world becomes reliant on them. 

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Another article posted on Curbed LA talking about how the Long Beach Pier, the main venue for sailing, will have to be reconstructed before 2028: Long Beach Pier May Need To Be Rebuilt For 2028 Olympics

I'd also like to express how exciting it is to know the games are finally coming back to my home country in my lifetime. Yes we have hosted the Winter Games, but we all know the Summer Games are far superior. I now understand the excitement Britons and Brazilians have felt at some point in the past 12 years. Looking forward to those opening ceremonies in 2028.

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mr.bernham    363

*I tried posting this image in the above post, but it just came out as a super long link* Hopefully this fixes that:

Los Angeles Metrorail Map Projected 2028

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JesseSaenz    33

In a meeting at Metro HQ in Downtown LA today, Phil Washington said that although LA is getting 2028 and not 2024, Metro will continue as if though they are meeting a 2024 deadline saying "we are not lifting our foot off the gas pedal."

He said Metro very soon will roll out a list of projects that are to be accelerated under Measure M, while making sure other projects are not decelerated as a result.

The Purple Line to Westwood with an original completion date of 2035 is now shooting for 2023/2024. To do this, the various phases of the project (tunneling, station boxes, etc.) will happen simultaneously with each one getting its own separate contractor. Normally one contractor delivers the entire project.

Facinating stuff will happen in the years to come. LA is getting transfoarmed at impressive speeds.

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yoshi    249

Los Angeles 2028. Now what we've all known for ages is almost properly official, the newest future Olympic hosts want to really hit the ground running by releasing their Games logo earlier than anyone has before, & they want you, yes, you to design it. Learning from the mistakes of Tokyo, they are selecting their city's third Olympic design through open competition, held right here on GamesBids. The competition, & all the details, are here:

In addition, if you're feeling really creative, I also received a phone call from a Mr. Putt. Inn - most mysterious - asking for ideas for a logo of a Winter Olympic hosting in 2030 in his hometown, St Petersburg. I'm confident that the talent here can come up with plenty to satisfy the needs of both great  cities...

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baron-pierreIV    1622

BTW, here's the latest of what that Stan Kroenke, owner of the Rams, is up to ...

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Looks like this is a photshopped picture though.  (He might be the one in the bkgd.)  But I just learned he's married to one of the Walmart heiresses.  

https://www.change.org/p/sir-chips-keswick-remove-stan-kroenke-from-arsenal-football-club/nftexp3/fb_share_post_dynamic/59944739?recruiter=59944739&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=autopublish&utm_content=fb_share_post_copy_6%3Afb_share_post_dynamic

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