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Olympic Lessons for Host Cities and the Movement

Aug 17, 2012

by Brent Toderian of TODERIAN UrbanWORKS
(Orignally posted on

As Olympics excitement grew in the first week of the London 2012 Games, we in Vancouver watched with great interest, and occasional feelings of deja-vu. In Atlantic Cities, I wrote about Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics experience with Olympic jitters and the host city funk, and the ability of the Games to change cities through the “power of the collective experience.”

In this post I include some broader thoughts that I couldn’t include for space reasons. I’ll focus on our many Olympic legacies, and key learnings around city-building for host cities and the Olympics movement overall.

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  1. The Olympics in London went great despite all the concerns prior to the event. We have to give credit when credit is due. The Brits did very well organizing and providing the best transportation and facilities.

  2. There are many great lessons to be learned from the London Olympics. The Olympic Village where they housed all the athletes and media was one of the best to date and the new athletic facilities they’ve built should serve London for years to come.