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Great Olympic wall

5-6 (2010)
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Russian authorities aren't alone in aspiration to use the Olympic Games to change life of the Sochi population and of all region cardinally. «Reporter» has analysed what some of the most well-known Olympic capitals won, and what lost after the Games.

Athenes-2004: the underground into a debt hole.

The ancient Greek capital was essentially updated after the Olympic Games. Opening of new kinds of a municipal transport — tram line and underground — had not only made life of Athenians easier, but also expanded the borders of megalopolis, which center choked with congestion. On the other hand, the sports objects constructed for the Games-2004, except for the Olympic stadium, aren't practically used, but lay a heavy burden on the city budget. Speaking about «white elephants», Athenes are the first example, they became real den for them.

Beijing-2008: cleared and digitized.

The Olympic building in Beijing was organized on the area of 28 million sq. meters. The project costed$3,4 billion and should have not only shown the greatness of Heavenly Empire to the whole world, but also solve the main problems of the overpopulated capital. Thanks to necessity of coverage of competitions from the scattered sports objects not too «digitized» Beijing was literally stuffed by the most technological TV-equipment and entangled in a network of cables, which have been actively used in entertaining and business purposes after the Olympic Games.

Vancouver-2010: ground for active building.

Vancouver decided to improve a part of a city along southeast coast of a gulf Falls-Creek at the expense of the Olympic village construction. During the Second World War this place was the center of the shipbuilding industry, and it hasn't been developed last years. Site building will provide a quarter of necessary dwelling for the given area. After the competition houses will be sold or leased to inhabitants. And there was no question of sports infrastructure heritage use in Vancouver. All stadiums and sports complexes had been constructed there before the Olympic Games.

London-2012: from slums to paradise.

In London the Olympic objects are concentrated mainly in east part of a city, in old industrial area, which is called a foul place. With the help of the Games authorities decided to turn it into one of the elite and active districts of the British capital. The designer of the territory development plan Charles Led-vard declared that the accent at designing had been made not only and not so much on sports objects, but on creation of the infrastructural platform for further life of this part of London. The plan is calculated for 20-25 years and includes building of dwelling, tracks, office buildings, hotels, objects of social, sports, entertaining and even educational infrastructure.


Author: Sergey Semyonov