October 1st, 2009
04:00 PM ET

What if more than half of Chicagoans don't want Olympics?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

While the President and First Lady lobby in Copenhagen for the 2016 Olympic Games to come to Chicago, it's worth pointing out that a lot of people who live in there don't want them. Mayor Richard Daley has called it "a once in a lifetime opportunity," and supporters talk about how the Olympics could bring jobs and revenue to the city.

ChicagoansForRio.com urges the Olympic Committee to vote on holding the games in Rio.

But not everyone is buying it.

One poll by the Chicago Tribune/WGN shows fewer than half of Chicago residents want to host the summer games. One group opposed says if Chicago gets the games, "corruption, cronyism, cost overruns... are guaranteed." Hey - it's Chicago.

There's even a web site called Chicagoans for Rio that urges the Olympic Committee to send the games to Brazil. They cite deficits of former host cities which in some cases are huge. They list Chicago's latest crime statistics... there's even a picture of Athens five years after the games where they claim 21 of 22 of the city's Olympic venues now sit empty and unused.

They also compare Rio de Janeiro to Chicago with examples like these:

City nicknames: the Marvelous City vs. the Second City.

Histories: Portuguese empire capital vs. a rail yard.

And... Signature events: for Rio - naked people dancing vs. for Chicago - chubby people eating.

Here’s my question to you: Should it matter if more than half of the people in Chicago don't want the 2016 Olympic Games?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Cities • crime
January 30th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Where do you want to live?

From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Pew Researcher Center asked, "Where would Americans most like to live and how do they feel about the place they call home?"

Where would you live if you could live somewhere else?

The bottom line is that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

They surveyed more than 2 thousand adults back in October and found that 46% would rather live in a different type of community than the one they live in. City people want to move out to the country, and country folks want to head for the big city.

And when it comes to big cities what do they have in mind? Well Denver, San Diego and Seattle are the cities most people said they want to live in. Also high on the list: Orlando, Tampa, San Francisco and Phoenix. While Detroit, Cleveland and Cincinnati are the cities most people don't want to live in.

Even though people are longing to live elsewhere, 8 in 10 rate where they currently live as excellent.

Of course the Pew folks break it down in every way possible so they can tell us things like more men than women want to live in Las Vegas and younger adults would rather live in Los Angeles and New York and so on. It's Friday.

Here’s my question to you: Where would you live if you could live somewhere else?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Cities • Social Issues • Travel