Hosting the Olympics is a great honor for the cities. At the same time, it is an expensive burden. As Los Angeles plans its summer 2028 games, many people say the event will be neither as sustainable nor reasonable as city leaders have promised.
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Mayor Eric Garcetti has said the games – with an estimated cost of $ 7 billion – will have no impact on LA, neither harm the environment nor add debt. Part of the way he plans to achieve this is a no-build policy that would reuse existing structures rather than create new stadiums. This would prevent displacement of homes, limit the environmental impact and save money. Most Olympic host cities build like crazy.
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Local activists, however, have noticed sneaky ways to get around the promise of non-construction. Over the last five years, three new sports facilities have been approved, two of which have already been completed. Worth $ 8.5 billion, these facilities will be used during the Olympics. The solution? Most of the construction took place in Inglewood, not Los Angeles itself. And the stadiums are privately owned.
Inglewood activists draw attention to environmental racism. The majority of the black and brown community is already stuck between the world’s fourth busiest airport and LA County’s second largest oil field plus a few extremely busy highways. Add building noise, increased traffic and accompanying air pollution by creating larger sports facilities, and Inglewood residents have had around enough.
“There is a conscious effort to clear up and dismantle our communities for economic surplus because they do not see the land and the people who live here as worth anything,” said Alexis Aceves, a member of the Lennox-Inglewood Tenants Union (LITU), as reported by Grist. “They’re trying to act like they’ve just been successful with already active construction, but there was no way this was not planned.” LITU has warned Los Angeles that the 2028 Olympics will further degrade the built and natural environment of Inglewood.
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