FrankChurch wrote:Barber, I emailed Zirin about those Vancouver stats. Will tell you if he responds.
I didn't post a follow up since someone else made note of the fact Zirin used ten-month-old stats, and that the current statistics being used by the Sun are much more accurate. (For one thing, they omit the cost of the Canada Line on the Vancouver light rail/subway system. There's $2B of your stats, which shouldn't be counted against the Olympics since it was previously planned, sincerely needed, and will be used well afterward.) (It runs from the airport to downtown. Until it opened, the only route was through very busy city streets.)
Also, nearly $700M for the Sea to Sky Highway upgrade, also badly needed. Plus, taxpayers aren't footing the bill for the renovation of the Canada Place Stadium (around $500M, I believe).
I'll go back to the comment made by some locals while I was there: "Even if we lose a billion, we gained three billion in publicity and improvements."
No matter where you live, that's compelling math.
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