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Mayor Eric Garcetti on the death of Olympic Piggyback Yard plan, and how it actually helps L.A.'s transit future

Mayor Eric Garcetti on the death of Olympic Piggyback Yard plan, and how it actually helps L.A.'s transit future

One of the biggest pieces of any Olympic bid is the plan to accommodate thousands of athletes, if not in high style, then at least in relative comfort and proximity to sporting venues. This can also be the priciest piece because, unlike arenas and coliseums, cities don't generally have gigantic housing developments sitting around waiting for a huge influx of temporary visitors.

To that end, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's bid for the 2024 summer Olympics included a $1-billion proposal to build an athlete village in a rail yard along the L.A. River near downtown called Piggyback Yard, which could then be turned into market housing after the games were done. This site was already...

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