When the delegation representing Chicago pitched this city’s bid for the 2016 Olympics to the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland in June 2009, Tom Tresser was one of three local naysayers who showed up too. As Tresser blogged at the time, they had a “simple message” for the IOC: ““Chicago does not want or deserve the 2016 Olympic Games.”
That message doesn’t sound so simple. The idea that our city didn’t “deserve” the Olympics supposes that the games were a treat — like angel food cake and ice cream — the city hadn’t earned because it didn’t do its chores. But if the games were a treat, why wouldn’t the city have wanted them? And do cities collectively want or not want anything?