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Just the thing they should be wasting time and money on.
It might be, actually.
Even without securing the USOC's backing for a 2024 bid, this is the sort of long-term, unified planning into the infrastructure needs of the city that will benefit the region looking toward the future. Things like roads, public transportation, hotels, etc examined as a regional, unified package. It puts energy and ideas into needed projects regardless of any bid's success. Of course, I say this only if Pittsburgh can secure foundation and corporate financing to pay for the study. Putting one together would certainly make a statement as well as far as where Pittsburgh and Western PA views its future among the top echelon of US communities.
Plus, if you ever want to see an on-campus stadium for Pitt, the Olympics is likely the only thing imaginable that could parlay that into a reality.
It likely will never happen, though, because to many of its citizens are defeatists with an inferiority complex and you'd really need the population to be united in their excitation and backing of such a project in order for Pittsburgh to have any shot.
BTW, here are the cities that the USOC invited to bid:
Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; Los Angeles; Sacramento; San Diego; San Francisco; Denver; Washington; Jacksonville, Fla.; Orlando, Fla.; Miami; Atlanta; Chicago; Indianapolis; Baltimore; Detroit; Minneapolis; St. Louis; Las Vegas; New York; Boston; Rochester; Charlotte, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Memphis; Nashville and Davidson County; Austin, Tex.; Dallas; Houston; San Antonio; and Seattle.
For 2016, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego/Tijuana all put together bids, with Chicago's selected by the USOC to present to the IOC, which of course lost to Rio.
This post was edited by CrazyPaco 17 months ago
It will likely never happen, you're correct. It's not because the citizens are defeatists (not sure if you're throwing that at me, but whatever), it's because the region can't support it. The Olympics bankrupted a European country and you think the Pittsburgh area has any shot to support it? Let's be serious here. The city has been in distressed status and under watch of a financial board since 2004. Oh, and don't expect the state to help. This is what you get when idiots control the government (kinda similar to Pitt's athletic department).
I'm all for looking into ways to improve the city's infrastructure, but pining for the Olympics is a waste of time. It's not an inferiority complex, more like reality.
altoona would do. mansion park could host most of it and the sailing and rowing would work well on raystown lake. bring in a few more super 8's and treat the international crowd to MTO's and you're all set.
GIVE IT TO ROCHESTER WE HAVE AN ON-CAMPUS STADIUM
How about consolidating all of the little towns surrounding Pittsburgh and taking advantage of the economy of scale that should be available to the metro area.
44 (or whatever the number is) mayors, police departments, school systems, etc... all eat up what should be available for infrastructure improvements.
BTW, I thought there was nowhere to put a stadium on-campus.
This post was edited by GibsoniaPanther 17 months ago
No, I'm not throwing that at you. That is just a general observation between Pittsburgher's attitude with these sorts of things and having lived in places like Philly, San Francisco, Miami, etc. This goes back years for all sorts of projects where Pittsburgher's first reaction is "not here" instead of "why not here". It's something holding the city and region back, IMO. Not everyone has it, not the people moving the city forward like at the tops of CMU, Pitt, UPMC, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, etc..but the general populace...the yinzer if you will, certainly seems to possess a lack of regional self-esteme compared to others, which is a shame, because there is no reason for it. It's funny, because if you take the yinzer out of Pittsburgh, they'll defend it tooth and nail, but inside Pittsburgh it is nothing but self-deprecation.
Is it realistic for Pittsburgh? Eh, probably not. Is it worth looking at. Yes, why not? It won't hurt to see what resources you can pull together. The whole process could be a good exercise in regional team building. Wouldn't it be interesting if you could get the region behind a purpose?
The issue is acquiring land and infrastructure for a project that large.
If, in a hypothetical push to host the Olympics that got to the IOC stage, only such an major, region-changing event of this magnitude would be something that I could imagine would possibly be able get the population and governments on board with the acquisition of land and development of infrastructure for such a facility in such a location (meaning the university would have to sell offsetting the cost and its use post-Olympics so that it wouldn't sit empty). I imagine it would still be unlikely though.
I agree 100% with that. City and county government should be combined. Politically it is a virtual impossibility.
I was just bustin balls with that one.
I like it!
This would fast track a Maglev type system/ expansion of the T to areas that need it like Oakland and the large suburbs in all directions.
Also a self serving hop on my part is that eminent domain can be used in the Hill District to secure land to build a stadium that PITT can then use after the Olympics. If designed correctly, after the Olympics, sections of seating can be removed to reduce capacity and sections can be built where the track resided to make a perfect 50-55K football stadium. This would also force the city to make Oakland access more convenient for traffic. The other possibility could be to use Panther Hollow and build access off of 376 Parkway East.
PITT might be able to get a new Aquatics center out the deal as well. The Pete could serve the smaller attended arena sports.
The only way this could happen is to have a forward thinking man like Mark Cuban run the bid process. Then have the major corporations add their imput. Then have a meeting with US airways to put them in a position to return pittsburgh as a HUB and hold them to it for years to come. We certainly cant count on anyone from this council to do anything forward thinking bc they have their head to far up their own arse.
This post was edited by docterz 17 months ago
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