Long gone are the days of the long-awaited Olympic Games in Tokyo, but we still feel in great shape to write some lines about the Olympics –don't worry, we're not focusing on athletes but on the urban footprint of such an event– and about another significant milestone achieved by its host country. Plus, do you remember Dubai's artificial islands? We have some updates, too.
WHAT IMPACT DO THE OLYMPICS HAVE ON ITS HOST CITY?
After a 1-year delay, athletes finally traveled to Tokyo to compete in the Games. In terms of economic and social impact, the Olympics are a driving force that can catapult host cities to a global level. That was the case of Barcelona 1992, a success story because it found the way to use the capital invested in the Games to improve the life of its inhabitants and, therefore, the region as a whole. So, gold medal for Barcelona. But not all the Olympics ended with these results.
THE COUNTRY WITH THE SMALLEST RATE OF HOMELESSNESS
According to 2020 data, there's only one country in the world with a homeless population rate of around 0%. Its government has used unoccupied hotels to accommodate people without homes and adopted laws to alleviate homelessness. This country has recently celebrated the Olympics. Now the riddle is solved, let's drop some questions: Why are there so few homeless people in Japan? Does eradicating the homeless eradicate poverty?
It's 20 years since the construction of the man-made islands of Dubai began, the world's largest artificial archipelago. Widely announced as the star project of the urban development of the United Emirate, today the story is very different to what the developers imagined. Islands yet to be completed, the sea reclaiming its space... Even so, Dubai is not giving up and it is confident that, despite the delay, its dream will become a reality.
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