A comment on mega sports venues

 

Maracana Stadium — Rio

Maracana Stadium — Rio

Every time I see a new mega stadium built anywhere —

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— I cringe. Can’t help but think of Roman bread-and-circuses mass mind controlled gladiator “games” that keep rich sheeple entert(r)ained while enriching banks and engineering/ construction companies, not to mention raping our Mother Earth of her finite and ever-receding resources —

Brazil Scrambles to Ready 2016 Olympics

— and displacing poor people who used to live there.

Mega-Events and the Social-Spatial Displacement of Rio’s Slums

So of course, huge police presence is required to stave off the disregarded masses —

Rio Looks Like A War Zone As Troops Raid Slums Only Months Before The World Cup

And meanwhile, old venues crumble and fade away.

Photos Of Sochi Looking Like A Ghost City One Month After The Olympics

 

 

 

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