Tuesday, July 03, 2007

are you ready for the 2008 Olympic trials? Is Eugene ready?

KEZI--

Robin's Commentary

In case you have not heard, there is a huge event coming to Eugene next year.

The 2008 Olympic trials for track and field is just 362 days away.

Businesses and hotels are remodeling and gearing up for the big event. Some hotels have already booked full.

There is even a towering countdown clock at 5th street market, which will count down how many days until the trials get on the way.

Although as far as a quick boost the local economy, the question is... is Eugene really ready?

Were constantly hearing that we don't have the funds for "public safety" to protect the public as it is, how are they going to handle an influx of an estimated 18,000 people per day?

Additionally, being the fact that we are constantly ADVERTISING what charges the DA will not prosecute due to budget cuts and jail space... I can see this area ripe for illegal activity.

How about our infrastructure and roads?

I can definitely see this thing bring the city to a halt.

And lastly... with such a profound effect on the lives of the people in Eugene/Springfield, unless I missed it, did we even have any input on the matter?

I for one, have no interest in going to the events... will you?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Laura said...

I remember the last time the trials were in Eugene. It brought millions of dollars into the economy and it was handled very well. LTD puts on extra shuttles to accomodate the people going to the trials. A large percentage of them will rent cars and drive to the coast to honor Pre. Last time was in the 80's and things are a bit different now. Anyone who has wares to sell should get ready for a boom in business.

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