The Mayor in Athens
This couldn't be done with a few well placed phone calls? We're sure that the mayor has a few buddies in Greektown who'd have been more than willing to call their second cousins over in Athens to conduct a quick Q & A session with the local politicians to get this information:
- Mayor Daley is compiling a list of lessons learned during his week-long trip to Europe. The mayor spent his second full day in Athens touring the Olympic Stadium, athlete housing and cultural attractions.
- Athens' Olympic Stadium is a monument to civic pride and urban engineering. It's also one of many reasons the 20004 Athens Olympic Games went $10 billion over budget. [did everyone get that? $10 BILLION dollars over budget - we are so doomed - SCC]
- They saw apartment buildings that were home to 22,000 athletes. They have now been converted to subsidized housing for 10,000. But one-third of the apartments are empty.
Again, a simple phone call could have covered most of this. Maybe even a detailed reading of a Farmer's Almanac combined with a few pencil pushers poring over budget reports. We're just wondering what new and amazing laws the mayor is going to push for in Springfield to pay for this monstrosity. Hopefully though, we should have enough warning (and seniority) before 2016 to know exactly where to bid our furloughs to either be (A) out of town for the whole thing or (B) in a position to clean up on security side jobs.