I appreciated recently reading about Bode Miller’s objections to the Tahoe area’s hosting of the Winter Olympic Games. It’s too bad we can’t just take a vote on it to make sure at least the majority of us are on the same page and want to be hosts, instead of letting a minority of developers, politically connected private contractors and monopolistic promoters and television networks decide for us.
If you think that the taxpayer funded private contracting machine is milking this region for all it’s worth now, you haven’t seen anything yet. Just wait until it’s armed with hundreds of millions in taxpayer cash and all of the powers of eminent domain.
This whole region will be one big mess and disruption for a decade just to host a two-week period of games which we have no better chance of securing tickets for than anyone else in the world. Any “excess” of rooms and housing will immediately be disassembled afterward, so as not to have “too much” affordable housing and lodging, and any improvements in mass transportation — both into, out of, and around the area — will be removed afterward as well to return it to its current token state.
All of that done, millions more in taxpayer cash will need to be shunted, at great societal opportunity cost, to support a further bloated road construction/construction industry that suddenly has a lot less to do. Just like now.
But I’m sure it will all we green, right?