Mega-events and urban development
Olympics and legacies
in Mega-events and social change
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Research into the urban impacts of Olympic events, as of mega-events more generally, has long been of variable quality. Mega-events and their associated costs naturally reflect the long-term inflationary movement of prices in modern economies. This chapter begins by looking from early Olympic Games onwards on the construction of sport facilities. It looks, on the one hand the arguably negative Olympic legacy cases of the Montreal 1976 and Athens 2004 Games events, and on the other hand the widely recognised positive Olympic legacy case of the Barcelona games of 1992. The chapter looks into the mega-event projects and the equally unavoidable struggles they involve and the determination they require from their planners and organisers to promote positive event legacies in host cities and avoid the risks of negative legacies.

Mega-events and social change

Spectacle, legacy and public culture


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