Chicago 2016 Update: Chicagoans beginning to fear Games’ effect; Los Angeles mayor behind Chicago bid.

2016 Update

Just read an interesting piece on the Chicago 2016 bid in In These Times. Mischa Gaus, a Chicago-based writer, wrote “The Olympic Hustle,” a piece about what the Games could do to the city. He highlights it with a bit of history about what previous Olympics have done to its host cities.

It’s an interesting piece. Not one I’d necessarily write, given the magazine’s history, but good nonetheless.

On the opposite end of the editorial spectrum, Kathy Bergen of the Chicago Tribune reported today that L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa co-signed a resolution supporting the city’s Olympic bid. Others signing the resolution were Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer, president of the United States Conference of Mayors; Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, chair of the USCM committee on tourism, arts, parks, entertainment and sports; and Richard M. Daley.


  1. Mischa

    Thanks for picking up the piece, Daniel. I’m confused about what element of the magazine’s history makes it unworthy, though. Could you share?

  2. Daniel

    Oh, I didn’t mean to imply that it was an unworthy story. A buddy of mine who interned at The Nation early on in his career had a bit of trouble finding work later on, given its liberal history. So I’m a bit wary.

    Don’t get me wrong, though – I’m a Nation reader – but I wouldn’t want to paint myself into a corner this early into my editorial career. Yours was a brilliantly written story, and it’s one everyone should be reading in the Tribune or Sun-Times.

    The story of the Chicago 2016 bid is definitely one that needs to be told, so stay tuned for some exclusive content (or links to stories I’ll be writing in the near future, hopefully. (But you know how magazine editorial calendars work, though.)

    Either way, I hope you come back! Thanks for responding.

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