Chicago, Olympics, Washington Park
In his attempt to bring the Olympics to Chicago in 2016, Mayor Daley has proposed building a temporary, 95,000 seat complex in Washington Park for the opening and closing ceremonies. And supposedly, after the Olympics pack up and leave town, the plan calls for a permanent, 10,000 seat complex in the same spot. He says that this will revitalize the area, which I believe to be true. All those spectators carrying all those dollars can’t be a bad thing for a neighborhood that desperately needs it.
But does it strike anyone as odd/smarmy that the revitalization tag is being used here? It’s no secret that Daley wants the Olympics and he wants it bad. But why should it take such an event to invest money in Chicago’s needy neighborhoods? The only reason he moved further south with his plans is because the lakefront wouldn’t support that type of traffic. Otherwise Wash Park wouldn’t even be on the radar.
Dont get me wrong…if Wash Park can benefit from this, then more power to them. But using money as a way to persuade people to say yes reminds me of why I dislike politics in the first place.