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Planning Olympic Legacies: Transport Dreams and Urban Realities Eva Kassens

Planning Olympic Legacies: Transport Dreams and Urban Realities

Eva Kassens

Published June 13th 2012
ISBN : 9780415689595
Hardcover
131 pages
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When a city wins the right to hold the Olympics, one of the oft cited advantages to the region is the catalytic effect upon the urban and transport projects of the host cities. However, with unparalleled access to documents and records, EvaMoreWhen a city wins the right to hold the Olympics, one of the oft cited advantages to the region is the catalytic effect upon the urban and transport projects of the host cities. However, with unparalleled access to documents and records, Eva Kassens-Noor questions and challenges this fundamental assertion of host cities who claim to have used the Olympic Games as a way to move forward their urban agendas. The text is supported by revealing interviews from lead host city planners and key documents, which highlight striking discrepancies between media broadcasts and the internal communications between the IOC and host city governments. It focuses on the inside story of the urban and transport change process undergone by four cities (Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, and Athens) that staged the Olympics and forecasts London and Rio de Janeiros urban trajectories. The book will be of interest to planners, government agencies and those involved in organising future Games.