Los Angeles Abandons Plans to Rehabilitate Prime LA River Site For 2024 Olympics

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With UCLA, the city will have readymade housing, plus handy adjacent athletic facilities. What they won’t have is a rail line anywhere close that could take athletes to the geographically scattered Olympic venues (the Purple Line subway won’t arrive in Westwood for decades). Events will take place in several clusters: around Downtown, Hollywood, in the Valley, the South Bay, and along Santa Monica Bay—that last area is closest to UCLA, but still a commute. But as Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a press conference today, the new plans make the city’s bid “fiscally responsible, sustainable and deliverable.” He added, however, that it was not cost alone, but “the athletes’ experience that drove this decision,” according to City News Service. The press conference also included an announcement that the media housing would be at USC.

Garcetti also noted that “We are fitting the plan for the Olympic Games to our city, not the other way around.” Olympics host cities are responsible for any cost overruns, and many recent host cities have been left badly in the red after building new facilities and otherwise bending over backwards to accommodate a major international event.

LA’s concept and strategy for the games are due to the International Olympic Committee by February 17. It’s competing against Paris, Rome, and Budapest for the games.

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