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What legacy will the PanAm/ParaPan games leave on Toronto's infrastructure?

from City News

Big sporting extravaganzas are always meant to be good for the host city. It’s how the evangelists that make up the bid committees sell it to governments and residents. And during the bidding process and the lead-up to the games, whether they be Olympics, Commonwealth, or PanAm/ParaPan, everyone gets worked up into an optimistic froth about how awesome all the new stuff they’re getting is going to be. But we’re Canadians. We hosted what were arguably the world’s most infrastructurally disastrous Olympics. It may have been way back in 1976, but since Montreal only ended up paying them off about a decade ago, the memory’s still fresh. So when the PanAm/ParaPan Games came up for grabs, we were going to need a little more than happy froth and a pretty velodrome to sell us. more


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