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Should Detroit host the Olympics?

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Michelle & Chris Gerard

Welcome to Friday Open Threads, wherein we'll pass the mic to readers to speak up about topics of interest, distress, horror, etc. Have something you want discussed? Let us know. This week’s topic: Should Detroit ever host the Olympics?

We’ve got Olympic fever (not literally) as the Opening Ceremonies kick off the Olympics in Rio tonight. We know this idea gets kicked around every couple years, so we’re wondering if Detroit, one of the best sports cities in the country, should host the Olympic games. We made a strong bid in ‘68, but thankfully, didn’t get the call.

Curbed.com did a great piece a few days ago on how hosting the Olympics impacts a city. If they go about it the right way, like London, it can have long-lasting positive effects. If they don’t, like Athens, they can be detrimental to a city.

We have plenty of sports venues, but does Detroit have the infrastructure to handle a huge international event like this? Do we have enough hotel rooms in the metro area? Will we ever have enough public transit to accommodate something like this? Or would a successful bid put some of these ideas in action? Tell us what you think in the comments!