Vancouver Lessons

Why are some Chicago community groups skeptical of the City’s claims that minority inner-city neighborhoods will benefit from the 2016 Olympics? Perhaps they’ve looked to Vancouver 2010 as a cautionary tale:

As part of Vancouver’s winning Olympic bid, the city, the province, the federal government and the bid corporation signed an Inner-city Inclusive Commitment Statement.

The ICI was instituted to maximize benefits and minimize negative impacts of the Games on inner-city residents.

But a report by the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Population Health Promotion Research says that many of the ICI’s promises have been broken.

“The overall rating of how well the ICI promises have been met is that they have been mostly unfulfilled,” the report, led by principal investigator Jim Frankish, reads.

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