The Olympics: See, Read, and Hear about the Games


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This summer the Olympic Games were available for viewing day in and day out. There also exists quite a bit to read about the Games and their socioeconomic impact on a city. By tuning into Monocle’s “The Urbanist” radio series one can also listen to expert insights on the Olympics!

The particular episode flagged by BID was created in July 2012 and reflects the concerns and interest that were culminating during the months before the London Games took place. The conversations focus on the legacy of the Olympics with a retroactive look back to the 1976 Montreal Summer Games and the 1960 Rome Summer Games. Those individuals interviewed share their thoughts on both the challenges and triumphs that resulted from the Games. The radio stories “jump urban and history hurdles” in an effort to determine whether the Games improve a city long-term, especially in the sphere of urban development.

Christopher Frey describes the Montreal legacy with cautionary prudence, “It’s complicated, even contradictory and ongoing…the Montreal Games prove the complexity of the calculation and the necessity to evaluate the legacy over a long time.”

On a lighter note, Bruce Kidd (Professor of the University of Toronto, former Olympic athlete, and honorary member of the Canadian Olympic Committee) shares that, “Urban planners can well look at the design of the urban park…and should…only choose facilities that make sense long-term.”

To hear and learn more about the legacies of Montreal, Rome, and other cities with London 2012 on the mind, please click here and listen in:


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