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Sustainable Urban Legacies of Hosting the Olympic Games
Sustainable Urban Legacies of Hosting the Olympic Games
Larissa Davies
Introduction

In the twenty-first century, major sports events are big business and none more so than the Olympic Games. Proponents of such events, including governments and event organisers, often cite economic, social and physical improvements to the urban environment as a rationale to justify expenditure and gain local support. However, sustainable and positive urban ‘legacies’ are seldom guaranteed; often they rely on favourable success factors and can take many years to be realised.

This chapter examines the relationship between sports events and urban legacy by drawing upon both theoretical literature and empirical evidence from European cities. Specifically it examines urban legacies associated with hosting the ...

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