Olympic leftovers.

Author:Schipani, Vanessa
Position:WORKS IN PROGRESS - Brief article


After watching the 2008 Beijing Olympics on TV, photographer Jon Pack wondered how the games affect host cities--for better and for worse. The Olympic City, a photography project by Pack and Gary Hustwit, looks at such legacies. Rarely does all the money that goes into hosting the games make the cities significantly better, Hustwit observes. "It's more about the short term."

But this isn't always the case, they say. In Mexico City, host of the 1968 Summer Olympics, "almost all of the Olympic venues are still sporting facilities today," says Hustwit. "It was the first games to be held in a developing country, and the city has really grown around the buildings." Lake Placid, New York, host of the 1980 Winter Games, planned ahead to adapt and reuse. The Federal Bureau of Prisons provided $49 million...

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