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Photos Of Sochi Looking Like A Ghost City One Month After The Olympics
Business Insider ^ | 03/26/2014 | Tony Manfred

Posted on 03/26/2014 10:47:41 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The future of the Sochi Olympic venues is unclear. Alexander Valov, a Russian reporter for BlogSochi, visited Sochi's "coastal cluster" — a site that includes six venues, the Olympic Village, and the Olympic Park, all built from scratch on an undeveloped plot of land — and he took some eerie photos this week.

He called the area around the Olympic Village "Dead City."

The photos are a reminder that much of what was built for the Olympics has no long-term use.

While a few arenas and other buildings have plans going forward — the media center is being turned into a mall! — the Russian government is still behind schedule on post-Olympics planning.

Valov's photos, which we're republishing with his permission, should serve as a warning for what could become of the "coastal cluster."

CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE PHOTOS

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: ghosttown; olympics; sochi; sochiolympics

1 posted on 03/26/2014 10:47:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

This is one reason among many that Putin rolled on Crimea.


2 posted on 03/26/2014 10:50:09 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: SeekAndFind

3 posted on 03/26/2014 10:50:13 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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To: SeekAndFind

What a waste.


4 posted on 03/26/2014 10:51:10 AM PDT by McGruff (They say the first casualty of war is truth)
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To: SeekAndFind

They have leaves on trees and green grass there right now?


5 posted on 03/26/2014 10:51:44 AM PDT by Salamander (SNEK!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WhhSBgd3KI


6 posted on 03/26/2014 10:52:23 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Too early to judge, perhaps? Sochi is a summer destination for the most part, isn’t it? If it’s still like this in July, then I’d agree it’s bad news.


7 posted on 03/26/2014 10:52:42 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: SeekAndFind

No graffiti yet.


8 posted on 03/26/2014 10:55:11 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hhhuuuhhh, we have one of those...it’s called Detroit —”Detroit, a bastion of liberal ideas.”


9 posted on 03/26/2014 10:55:23 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: McGruff

Better than Chernobyl...


10 posted on 03/26/2014 10:55:34 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Salamander

Their weather is similar to the Carolinas so I would expect spring would be springing.


11 posted on 03/26/2014 10:57:05 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: SeekAndFind

Are the hotel rooms ready yet?


12 posted on 03/26/2014 10:58:23 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s pretty much standard for many Olympic venues. Billions to build for a few weeks use and then either a speedy or slow decline into ruin.


13 posted on 03/26/2014 11:01:43 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: colorado tanker

Exactly.


14 posted on 03/26/2014 11:02:11 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Ugh.
Really?

It snowed ~here~ again last night.


15 posted on 03/26/2014 11:04:04 AM PDT by Salamander (SNEK!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

However,

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/column-olympic-city-did-225409863—oly.html


16 posted on 03/26/2014 11:05:28 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: SeekAndFind

Future POW camps when the Big Red Machine starts rolling.


17 posted on 03/26/2014 11:05:50 AM PDT by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Many of those buildings will become summer homes and hotel rooms, since Sochi is a famous summer resort dating from the late Czarist times.


18 posted on 03/26/2014 11:08:15 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: SeekAndFind

If I was Ukrainian I would go there and annex the site


19 posted on 03/26/2014 11:09:21 AM PDT by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: Salamander
They have leaves on trees and green grass there right now?

My understanding is that it was never a true or proper "winter olympics" climate or venue in the first place. It was chosen simply because Putin wanted it. A lot of hard work and luck in the surrounding mountains luckily made it.

20 posted on 03/26/2014 11:10:06 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: kevkrom

I don’t care. The Olympics is a public works project. Some countries do it well and some fail.

They spent a lot of money they won’t be using for weapons to attack their neighbors.


21 posted on 03/26/2014 11:13:39 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: PGR88

Don’t forget the snow machines.


22 posted on 03/26/2014 11:14:28 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Salamander

“They have leaves on trees and green grass there right now?”

The Sochi Olympics were in two locations. One, in the snow-covered mountains 30 miles away from the city center. That’s where snowboarding and skiing events took place.

The other was at Olympic Park, which had the stadium and skating rinks. That area is located on the seashore and has warmer weather similar to the French Riviera. In fact, the weather there allows palm trees to grow year round.


23 posted on 03/26/2014 11:16:10 AM PDT by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hope it works out better than Sarajevo for the locals...

24 posted on 03/26/2014 11:23:19 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: McGruff

Looks like early Sunday morning in any town USA, with the usual Government/union slipshod infrastructure with the exception that it looks clean.


25 posted on 03/26/2014 11:36:52 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: cripplecreek

Athens looks worse.

http://www.businessinsider.com/athens-olympic-venues-2014-2?op=1


26 posted on 03/26/2014 11:37:48 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind
What happened to all the snow?

Anyway, am I alone here or am I the only one who thinks it dumb that the Olympics are held in a different venue every time.

All that infrastructure getting built - billions of dollars expended and years of work - all for about 13 days of actual "games" (with two days of marching around a stadium with flags). All so some obscure hamlet (Lake Placid anybody?) or large city can get a brief shining moment in the limelight.

I was in Los Angeles during the 1984 Olympics and that was a joy. There was traffic everywhere! Restaurants were jammed! People were walking around all herky-jerky. It was a crazy, crazy time. I don't even remember who won.

27 posted on 03/26/2014 11:44:13 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: don-o

Sochi was a convenient reason to pre-stage military arms and men prior to the crimean events.


28 posted on 03/26/2014 11:47:04 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s another example of what’s wrong with the policies of the vainglorious Putin. He spent more than all previous Olympics combined to no lasting value for the Russian people. He’s taken $75 billion from them for his own purposes, too. And his criminal activities in Ukraine are similar. It’s all about theft and hubris.


29 posted on 03/26/2014 11:47:09 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: Salamander

The grass doesn’t die in some places. It’s green all year in Germany, and Sochi is way south of Germany.


30 posted on 03/26/2014 11:47:59 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: Salamander

Of course. It’s our Florida.


31 posted on 03/26/2014 12:03:09 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: SamAdams76

RE: Anyway, am I alone here or am I the only one who thinks it dumb that the Olympics are held in a different venue every time.

I was thinking the same. I would propose a few PERMANENT ROTATING VENUES.


32 posted on 03/26/2014 12:19:17 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe the pictures were taken on a Sunday and everyone was in church.......


33 posted on 03/26/2014 12:22:01 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: left that other site
I've always said that the primary reason the US has never been very good in the sledding events is due to the lack of training facilities.

We made significant strides this olympics and I suspect it's due to the facilities at both Salt Lake City and Lake Tahoe that are now being used to train our athletes.......

34 posted on 03/26/2014 12:30:19 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Bookmark


35 posted on 03/26/2014 12:36:43 PM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: Abathar

Didn’t one of the stadiums become a cemetery or something like that also.


36 posted on 03/26/2014 12:38:31 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (MARANATHA, MARANATHA, Come quickly LORD Jesus!!! Father send thy Son!! Its Time!)
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To: Hot Tabasco; left that other site

If it were up to me, I’d choose the following sites as PERMANENT OLYMPIC sites where they can rotate every 4 years...

SUMMER OLYMPICS

Los Angeles (this made profits for the city in 1932 and 1984. Facilities still being used )

Sydney (this made a profit too and was one of the best venues ever. Facilities still being used )

Seoul ( This made a record profit in 1988. facilities still being used )

London ( This made about 53 million pounds in profit ).

WINTER

Salt Lake City ( This made over a hundred million in profits and the facilities are still being used )

Calgary ( made about 35 million Canadian in profit in 1988 ).

Lillehammer, Norway ( I think they broke even, but the facilities are still being used by Norway, the Dutch and the Swedes )


37 posted on 03/26/2014 12:42:05 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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To: SeekAndFind
If it were up to me, I’d choose the following sites as PERMANENT OLYMPIC sites where they can rotate every 4 years...

Excellent idea and I would add Lake Tahoe (1960 winter olympics) to your winter schedule.

Only a 90 minute drive from Reno....

38 posted on 03/26/2014 12:56:07 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: Abathar
Hope it works out better than Sarajevo for the locals...

Mortars, rockets and tanks will do that........

39 posted on 03/26/2014 12:59:13 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: don-o

What is? Putin is trying to drum up tourism by invading Crimea?


40 posted on 03/26/2014 1:11:28 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: PGR88
My understanding is that it was never a true or proper "winter olympics"

Not it wasn't and it should never have been there.

The weather at that time of the year is similar to Atlanta's........

41 posted on 03/26/2014 1:20:50 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: SoothingDave

It’s about how all the work to build it was awarded.


42 posted on 03/26/2014 1:21:08 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well it is a summer resort town, give it another couple of months. That bobsled track could be an awesome waterslide if they put a pool at the bottom.


43 posted on 03/26/2014 1:28:56 PM PDT by discostu (Call it collect, call it direct, call it TODAY!)
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To: Abathar
Hope it works out better than Sarajevo for the locals...

That one still makes me sad.

44 posted on 03/26/2014 2:37:04 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Hot Tabasco

If we build it, they will come! ;-)


45 posted on 03/26/2014 7:13:31 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: SeekAndFind

Any place where the facilities are still being used are good ones! :-)


46 posted on 03/26/2014 7:15:56 PM PDT by left that other site
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