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Which city will win the olympics bid?

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I hesitate between London and Paris, but in the end think Paris has a better chance because of its infrastructures. And its trains run on time.
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Plus who wants to eat in London? Echh...
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And France's opposition to the Iraq war specifically, and anti-Bushism and anti-Americanism generally, will carry the day. Who gets the Olympics is at least 49% international politics.
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Plus who wants to eat in London? Echh...
Lol, how long has it been since you have visited?
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london is not a safe city, right now. that will effect voting, as well.
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London is safe enough, and the food should certainly not be knocked, but there is no way it London could handle that number of visitors. From hotels to transportation to crowd control, it just wouldn't work. Paris takes it easily.
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(Tokyo Slim @ June 30 2005,12:21) Plus who wants to eat in London? Echh...
Lol, how long has it been since you have visited?
Yeah, really, Tokyo Slim: lots of French restaurants, in London.
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I thought New York City had a chance until the plan to build the west side stadium fell apart. I don't think having Olympic stadium in Queens has much appeal. I too think Paris has a better chance.
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And its trains run on time.
When they are not on strike that is. Apparently when the IOC went to visit in March the transportation workers were on strike which prevented them from getting to some of the potential sites.
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London is safe enough, and the food should certainly not be knocked, but there is no way it London could handle that number of visitors. From hotels to transportation to crowd control, it just wouldn't work. Paris takes it easily.
Crowd control is what worries me most about London. Paris pulled off a World Soccer cup without any incidents.
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And its trains run on time.
When they are not on strike that is.  Apparently when the IOC went to visit in March the transportation workers were on strike which prevented them from getting to some of the potential sites.
Ah, la greve des transports (transportation strike)... I feel so nostalgic... I have the Métro blues.
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New York never had a chance. 1) No US city does this time around. The US has had the Olympics too many times recently, and anti-US sentiment is too high. 2) New York's bid is a pipe dream, stadium or no.
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London is safe enough, and the food should certainly not be knocked, but there is no way it London could handle that number of visitors. From hotels to transportation to crowd control, it just wouldn't work. Paris takes it easily.
I'm not sure - london seems to be a lot less safe than it was 5 or 10 years ago, and they have the issues of sports hooligans and binge drinking. don't get me wrong, I love london, but it isn't the type of city I would want to bring tens of thousands of forigners to. f, I was in Paris during the world cup, and the city worked very well, the crowds were handled pretty well, I think.
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New York never had a chance.  1) No US city does this time around.  The US has had the Olympics too many times recently, and anti-US sentiment is too high.  2) New York's bid is a pipe dream, stadium or no.
You're probably right. I think it was more I was hoping they would get it than I actually thought they would. Why I thought subjecting myself to commuting back and forth to the city during the Olympics would be ok, I haven't figured out yet.
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People who lived in LA during the '84 Olympics universally report that those two weeks were the best driving, with the lowest traffic, since the freeway system was built. Public officials and the media had people in such terror of traffic jams, and were so forceful in scolding about "unecessary trips" that no one went anywhere. Then the athletes left, and the traffic situation promptly reverted to disaster status, in which state it has been ever since.
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(chorse123 @ June 30 2005,12:28) London is safe enough, and the food should certainly not be knocked, but there is no way it London could handle that number of visitors. From hotels to transportation to crowd control, it just wouldn't work. Paris takes it easily.
I'm not sure - london seems to be a lot less safe than it was 5 or 10 years ago, and they have the issues of sports hooligans and binge drinking. don't get me wrong, I love london, but it isn't the type of city I would want to bring tens of thousands of forigners to. f, I was in Paris during the world cup, and the city worked very well, the crowds were handled pretty well, I think.
Not to say that 'football hooligans' are not a problem in the UK, but how is that related to the Olympics? Many other sports are played in the UK, with no problems at all. London is pretty safe, its no Geneva or Sydney, but deff. no different to Paris.
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