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Planning for the long game

Words: Simon Wicks
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As the Commonwealth Games begins in Gold Coast, Australia, Simon Wicks considers the role of planning in creating long-term benefits for host cities

Is it worth holding an Olympic Games? On the one hand, it raises profile and increases tourism; it pulls in investment and can drive regeneration. On the other, host cities can be lumbered with debt and empty venues. We’ve seen it in Athens; we’re seeing it in Rio.

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