From a pure strategy standpoint (financial commitments not considered, only the odds of winning the bid process), 2020 was the year to bid for Toronto as all the current contenders (Madrid, Tokyo, Istanbul) have major flaws. Moreover, the IOC would be willing to rotate back to North America in either 2020 or 2024 and the US cities were sitting out as part of the protest between the USOC and IOC.
I hope Istanbul gets the 2020 games, but the IOC tends to favor applicants that bid consistently (Tokyo and Madrid).
Chicago would be great for 2024 and with the USOC/IOC dispute resolved they would have a great chance based on the strong bid they composed for 2016 and the tendency of the IOC to rotate continents (NA is due for a Summer Olympics). The only thing that would hurt their chances significantly is a US city winning the 2022 Winter Olympics bid process.
I selfishly hope CHI doesn't get it... traffic due to construction is already sooo bad every single summer, I truly can't imagine how it would be in the years leading up to the games. And the city would be almost completely impassable during the games themselves.
Philadelphia also expressed interest.. They apparently were going to be one of the US' bids for the 2012 or 2016 bids but no one from the city had experience with such big events.. Now with them running the Olympic Trials in the US the past few years, they have some experience
Uh Oh. If Toronto wants in looks like a hill would have to be climbed.
There isn't a lot of enthusiasm in Toronto for another bid as soon as for the 2024 games. The games are an economic sinkhole and people see that. When Ford said we wouldn't be bidding in 2020 it was about the only thing he's done that people approve of.
Quebec City should try to get the summer games...Halifax could try, too (if Atlanta, Lillehammer, and Albertville were big enough for the games, then I suppose Halifax would be).
Originally Posted by kingsholygrail
Chicago can bid on their US leading murder per capita rate.
Yeah, but how much of that is random? Isn't a lot of it gang-related?
Originally Posted by No Fun Shogun
Looking at cities with 250,000 and above, 17 cities have higher per capita murder rates than Chicago (at least as of 2010).