Monday, November 16, 2009

PDP #131: L'éléphant blanc

I first saw Montreal's Olympic Stadium from the air, while the plane was descending into Trudeau International. It was built as the centerpiece of the 1976 Summer Olympics, though it was not completed until 1987, and when taking repairs and cost overruns into account, by 2006 the bill for the place was more than $1.5 billion. Olympic Stadium is one of the symbols of why I hope Toronto will not land an Olympic Games - all too often I see the Olympiad ride into a city and leave massive debt and half-finished temples to sport in its wake.

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