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Olympics Legacy

The Boston Globe this week looks to Atlanta's Olympics legacy like a cautionary tale, pointing out local venues that are still viable (Turner Field, the Georgia Tech aquatic center) and abandoned structures covered in weeds and barbed wire (the Stone Mountain Tennis Center). Boston is flirting with a bid for the 2024 games, and in Atlanta, the city's newspaper finds that $3 billion in private Olympics money certainly spurred development — for better or worse. Notable tidbit: "The 1996 Games would be criticized for its ho-hum architecture, but the Atlanta group was more interested in function, cost savings, and post-Olympic life." [Boston Globe]