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The year 2006 marks the 10th Anniversary of the 1996 Olympic Games of Atlanta, the Games of the 26th Olympiad.

It marked the 100th anniversary since the first Games were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896.

All obvious controversies aside from the Games themselves, (ie/ the bid, bombing, commercialisation, organisational flaws), I have a question...

Has the 1996 Olympics shaped the way Atlanta is today? Is it a better city? Is there much sign of the Games existence today? Does Atlanta embrace itself as an Olympic City?

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Obvious to us, downtown would be a lot more depressed without the beautification accompanying the Olympiad's arrival. It is my understanding that Centennial Olympic Park is built on the former site of America's largest Ford dealership, and that west downtown at that time was largely abandoned and grimy.

Also, the media attention on the city is argued to have lured some extra transplants.
 

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Mesh22 said:
The year 2006 marks the 10th Anniversary of the 1996 Olympic Games of Atlanta, the Games of the 26th Olympiad.

It marked the 100th anniversary since the first Games were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896.

All obvious controversies aside from the Games themselves, (ie/ the bid, bombing, commercialisation, organisational flaws), I have a question...

Has the 1996 Olympics shaped the way Atlanta is today? Is it a better city? Is there much sign of the Games existence today? Does Atlanta embrace itself as an Olympic City?

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Yes, I think Atlanta definitely embraces its legacy as an Olympic city.

Centennial Olympic Park has had a significant impact on the way downtown is being developed and has given it a real focal point, something the CBD was sorely missing.

I did not live in Atlanta at the time of the Games but did attend for four days, and I must say that the "problems", in my opinion and experience, were grossly exaggerated by the international media. Yes, there was a bit of a "flea market" look in regards to vending (thank ex-mayor and convicted felon Bill Campbell for that), and, of course, the bombing was tragic, but I found the experience as a whole to be thrilling. The venues were gorgeous, the transportation ran smoothly, and the competition was outstanding.

And don't forget....the 1996 Games were totally privately-funded and broke all attendance records. Not only were the taxpayers of Georgia not left with a huge bill to pay, the 1996 Games actually turned a small profit.
 

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Thank god someone agrees that the olympics werent as horrible as some say. I found them to be quite sentimental and have a lot of memories from them. I wonder why sooo many people HATE Atlantas Olypics? Most of whom werent even there to experience some of the stuff like Heat, traffic, or even the bomb, which so think would want people to come together even more for the sake of humanity. So what was the propblem?
 

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^The problem is Atlanta,an upstart,SOUTHERN city that touted itself as a world class city based on CIVIL RIGHTS,of all things got the games.Never in the history of the modern Olympics had such a city achieved the status as an Olympic city on its first try! Then,in an obvious reaction,Dallas and Houston attempted ,unsuccessfully,to follow suit.New York
followed in close order.So while the 1996 games was not flawlessly excecuted,Atlanta did get the prize that has eluded some of the biggest cities in the world.
 

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Duh. Centenial Olyimpic Park! That place is awesome to go to on a hot Saturday afternoon, and jump in the fountains.
 

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That just goes to show how powerful this city is, but i did read somewhere that originally atlanta had a bid in the olympics back in the 1920's and lost.
 

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^The problem is Atlanta,an upstart,SOUTHERN city that touted itself as a world class city based on CIVIL RIGHTS,of all things got the games.Never in the history of the modern Olympics had such a city achieved the status as an Olympic city on its first try! Then,in an obvious reaction,Dallas and Houston attempted ,unsuccessfully,to follow suit.New York
followed in close order.So while the 1996 games was not flawlessly excecuted,Atlanta did get the prize that has eluded some of the biggest cities in the world.
From the sentiments of other people around this country and world. No other southern city except maybe Miami has a chance to even please anybody to hold the olympics because Atlanta held it in 1996. And that's a huge maybe for Miami. People in this country would rather the US not hold the olympics again vs. Houston, Dallas, or Atlanta being olympic cities. Which is a fuckin joke.
 

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The 96 Olympic games definitely had a great influence on Atlanta's growth. It made the city known worldwide to people who knew nothing about it. The international press from other prospective host cities who lost out to Atlanta savaged Atlanta in their reports. But hordes of those same press people who savaged the city in their reports were clamouring to move here after the games because they saw what a great city it is. We still have lots of people living here who came for the games in some official capacity.

Regarding the Olympic legacy, practically all the facilities built for the games are still here and are being used. The only facility that I know of that was destroyed after the games was the old Fulton Co. Stadium, but that was in the plans from the getgo. One thing that Atlanta did better than some olympic cities is we did not build white elephants that would become useless after the games were over. The olympic stadium is now Turner field, the diving/swimming arena is now part of Georgia Tech's sports facilities, the olympic village is now housing for Ga. Tech and Ga. State University students. I don't know of any major sports facility that was built for the games that is not still being used.

And of course all the various monuments and statues that were erected are still here. The comment that was made earlier about the Centennial Olympic Park being built on the site of the biggest Ford dealership in America is wrong. That dealership was on the other side of downtown just off the I75/85 connector. The park was built on property of pretty much delapidated old buildings that ran up and down Marietta St. just across from CNN Center.
 

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Why wouldn't Houston have a chance to host the Olympics? Certainly if Atlanta did - though b/c of Atlanta's performance it might mean a longer time until another US city or especially a southern city will host again. Certainly I had a great time - but it was the only Olympics I've aggended & even a 'bad' Olympics is still better than most events at all. But considering the rich history of the Olympics & past host events I can understand certain amount of criticism.
 

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^People who have their own opinions about it.
you are an idot if youre forming opinions...and you have no clue what its about. Thats why racism in America will always excist..."people have their own opinions", but never take the opportunity to get involved or learn.
 

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Why wouldn't Houston have a chance to host the Olympics? Certainly if Atlanta did - though b/c of Atlanta's performance it might mean a longer time until another US city or especially a southern city will host again. Certainly I had a great time - but it was the only Olympics I've aggended & even a 'bad' Olympics is still better than most events at all. But considering the rich history of the Olympics & past host events I can understand certain amount of criticism.

Houston wont get it because of atlanta...Houston wont get it...because its Houston. Im not gonna get into bashing, but up against sanfran, chi, philly...it wont stand a chance. We all know that Atlanta got it because of bribes..and other stuff...i think they have cracked down on that after the salt lake city games.
 

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I hate grapes, am I racist?
no...because youve probably have tasted grapes...and found them not to be good. Maybe you dont like the color..or the size...whatever. but to say you hate grapes...without ever seeing one or tasting one is STUPID..and thats the bases of racism.
 
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