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It's no secret that it's a pricey pain to host the Olympic Games, running billions of dollars above the estimated budget. As the International Olympic Committee receives fewer bids with each problematic games, the future of the tradition is looking unsure. We spoke with Andrew Zimbalist, a professor of economics at Smith College, on the matter. He has written about the Olympic issues in the books " Pigalle Follies 85 glitterembellished pumps Christian Louboutin Comfortable aX8ip
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Ah, the Olympics. The glory of our best athletes competing for greatness in shiny new stadiums before viewers around the world.

But recent games are rife with overspending, waste, and controversy. And most viewers don't even see the lasting damage hosting the games does to the host city.

Could we be watching the death of the Olympics?

Well, right now it's hard to tell, but this honored tradition is looking sicker every year.

Hosting is expensive. Every game in the last 50 years has gone over budget. The 2014 Sochi Winter Games went over its $10 billion budget by an additional $41 billion.

No one knows this better than professor Andrew Zimbalist. He's written several books on the Olympics, including "Rio 2016: Olympic Myths, Hard Realities."

"These days they require about 35 different athletic venues, they require an Olympic Village that could cost 1 1/2, 2, 3 billion dollars depending on the circumstance. They require a media and television production facility which could easily go for half a billion to a billion dollars. They require a media village. They require ceremonial space and green space. They require transportation amongst all of it and special lanes for the IOC executives, transportation amongst all of the venues."

Cities used to make a profit from the games, partly, because they collected a lot of revenue in TV rights. But recently the International Olympic Committee has been taking larger percentages. In the '90s, for instance, it took 4% of revenue. Compared that with the 70% it pocketed from the 2016 Rio Games.

The newly built stadia can cost up to $30 million a year to maintain, and they're often on valuable real estate. Most cities don't even know what to use them for after the games.

Those facilities fall into decay if they aren't kept up. And that hurts property value.

"There could also be a lot of environmental destruction. The Winter Olympics they'll be having in Pyeongchang, they destroyed a whole mountainside — trees and animals that are there and some of them close to extinction."

So, who would want to host the Olympics in the first place?

Not many. After each financial failure, fewer cities bid to host the following decade's games.

After all, it takes 10 years of planning just to be in the running to host. Chicago spent an estimated $100 million on the campaign to host in 2016. And they lost!

Boston famously pulled its bid for the 2024 Summer Games, after citizen group No Boston Olympics convinced the city otherwise.

Twelve cities bid for the 2004 games, five for 2020, and just two tried for the 2022 Winter games: China and Kazakhstan.

So is that it? "RIP Olympic Games"?

"It won't end! Thomas Bach, the president of the IOC, for all the criticisms that I have of him, he's a smart guy, and he knows when he's up against the wall, and they've been up against the wall."

In 2014, IOC President Thomas Bach suggested a list of 40 actions the IOC could take to "shape the future of the Olympic Movement."

Among them: Evaluate bid cities by assessing key opportunities and risks, reduce the cost of bidding, and include sustainability in all aspects of the Olympic Games. It sounds good on paper, but time will tell if these actions take root.

"... By doing that, by tweaking the model a little bit and making pronouncements, they reengage cities to participate. And what's generally happened is the model has been slightly reformed — it's a little bit more sensible now than it was before Agenda 2020."

Zimbalist supports a different idea to keep the Olympics alive: Get rid of the bidding system and pick a permanent host. Somewhere that has the built-in facilities, infrastructure, and venues.

"We happen to have such a city for the Summer Olympics: It's Los Angeles. They don't have to do any building, virtually. They've got the infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, because it's the second-largest city and the entertainment capital of the country — they've got all of the professional team from all the leagues."

A permanent city could benefit the Winter Games as well. As the climate changes, less cities that have hosted Winter Games in the past can reliably keep snow.

The IOC isn't a fan of the idea, but as bidding hosts dwindle so do their options.

The future Summer Games are planned out through 2028 and the Winter Games through 2022.

The 2026 Olympics have several cities exploring bids, including two previous hosts: Salt Lake City and Sapporo, Japan.

Germany, Australia, and India have all expressed interest in the 2032 Summer Games.

Despite its flaws, the Olympic Games is still a people-pleaser. The IOC polled candidate host cities for the 2020 Games, and 70% of Tokyo, 76% of Madrid, and 83% of Istanbul were in support.

So, maybe the Olympics aren't dying, but it's certainly up to the International Olympic Committee to keep the games in check. Both on the field and off.

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About a week ago, Hyperallergic published a great, brief assessment of how tough it is to make a living as an artist, and it’s pretty obvious that if you want a life of luxury then you should look into investment banking. Yet the ultimate effect of the piece is heartening. Most of us are on the same life raft. On the whole, artists don’t make much. But we find ways to make ends meet and still make art. And the longer we stick with it, the happier we get. The writer, Benjamin Sutton, was reporting on a study released by Buy Cheap Newest Cost Fla4012/B/M Womens OpenToe Pumps Fabulicious pJ7zdORYdZ
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The Butler Institute of American Art, the nation’s first museum devoted exclusively to American art, is a jewel tucked way in an old, slimmed-down Rust Belttown, which was booming when America’s industrial age was in full swing. Youngstown is probably one of the communities hardest hitby the migration of heavy industry out of the U.S. and has had to rebuildsince huge job losses in the 1970s. Once a city of 170,000 people, it shrank to around a third of that in the 70s and 80s. As with most cities once nourished by the Erie Canal (like the one in which I live), it has had to find ways to diversify its economy and attract and grow innovative new technology firms despite the Great Lakes climate. In the past decade, Youngstown began to stir with new economic life and because of its history as an industrial powerhouse, back when it attracted immigrant workers from around the world, it remains one of the most racially and culturally diverse cities in the nation. Flint and Detroit may get all the publicity, but Youngstown has to have been buffeted and betrayed by the global economy about as severely as any town in the world—and yet it has found a path forward to a new sort of identity and pride in itself. The Butler seems to assert a kind of unassailable character, an affirmation that a few quiet human virtues—gratitude, appreciation, taste—won’t just survive but can prevail in our current feverish media culture. It feels a little miraculous to walk into this little oasis of beauty and wisdom hidden in “flyover country,” among the ghosts of steel mills almost exactly halfway between New York City and Chicago, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

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