My 2012 Olympics prediction: LondonThe IOC is making the decision tomorrow, Wednesday July 6th. As I mentioned before, I'm actually kinda glad Houston's no longer in the running. Don't get me wrong - I'm sure we would have done a bang up job. I just think it would suck up all the available energy in this city for the next 7 years, and there are bigger and more important problems that need that attention and energy - like maybe education, flooding, transportation, neighborhoods, crime, pollution, etc. We already did our superficial spruce-up for the Super Bowl - time to focus on the real stuff.
Back to the prediction: New York is out because the West Side Stadium got rejected. Paris is the front-runner, but I think they will get rejected for a few reasons:
- Unpleasant anti-globalization political environment from the rejection of the EU constitution
- Stagnant economy that could degrade even further over the next 7 years
- If you were the IOC, would you want to risk one of France's infamous transportation strikes during the Olympics?