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Tom Philpott
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Me, from 2009, on the inanity of the Olympics as economic development, and its dark history of being used to purge poor people from city centers. Money Quote from Mike Davis: "The modern Olympics have an especially dark but little-known history. In preparation for the 1936 Olympics, the Nazis ruthlessly purged homeless people and slum dwellers from the areas of Berlin likely to be seen by international visitors. While subsequent Olympics–including those in Mexico City, Athens, and Barcelona–were accompanied by urban renewal and evictions, the 1988 Seoul games were truly unprecedented in the scale of the official crackdown on poor homeowners, squatters, and tenants: as many as 720,000 people were relocated in Seoul and Injon, leading a Catholic NGO to claim that South Korea vied with South Africa as “the country in which eviction by force is most brutal and inhuman.”

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NYT on slum clearance in Brazil ahead of the 2016 Olympics and '14 World Cup: "Meanwhile, residents in some of the favelas, or slums, who face eviction are pulling together and standing their ground, in stark contrast to the preparations for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where authorities easily removed hundreds of thousands of families from the city for the Games. .... But the favela evictions have struck a particular nerve on the streets. A network of activists in 12 cities estimates that as many as 170,000 people may face eviction ahead of the World Cup and the Olympics. In Rio, evictions are taking place in slums across the city, including the Metrô favela near the Maracanã stadium, where residents who refused to move live amid the rubble of bulldozed homes. " http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/world/americas/brazil-faces-obstacles-in-preparations-for-rio-olympics.html?hp

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"since 2010,71% of nation’s large [mass transit] systems have cut service&half have raised fares."

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Welcome to my awkward attempt to use Google+ as my soapbox for non-food items. I can't get my post in here reasonably formatted. So i've made public a google doc of my first post. Drum roll: .... Austerity takes its toll—pun intended—on mass transit. Link below, prosaically titled, "Welcome to Google Docs." Please contribute tech support in Comments.

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