The dawning weeks of 2018 provide an apt opportunity to lay down a fascinating benchmark.
It is the good fortune of the community of business in Los Angeles and the broader Southern California market to start the clock on a 10-year run-up to the Olympic Games of 2028.
There might have been an initial preference for 2024 – alas, Paris edged L.A. out for the earlier slot.
But there’s a lot to like about this timeline, especially since much of the infrastructure that’s needed is in place. That’s one of our key selling points, after all — L.A. has done this with panache and efficiency twice before, and we have stadia, thoroughfares and logistics plans to prove it.
Such experience – combined with the unusually long timeline – gives L.A. a unique chance to plan with patience, prudence and keep a keen eye out for developments that might change – and likely ease – the job of hosting the ultimate global event.
Street projects that look to be a certain need in today’s world might look different if self-driving cars are truly on the way to becoming a significant factor within 10 years.
The need for a new venue or the addition of seats at some existing venue could go by the wayside if virtual reality looks to have a shot at becoming practical and widely popular by 2028.
Our whole security regimen could look quite different if police agencies continue to expand the use of drones.
Those are just a few notions of how some fundamental aspects of planning for an Olympics could be changed by technological and other developments over the next 10 years.
It’s worth noting in more than a passing way because – let’s face it – we’re at a point where our whole lives are likely to be fundamentally changed by technology over any given 10-year period from now on.
This will no doubt be frustrating in a lot of ways for Olympic planners – but it also will be put L.A. in an extraordinary position.
Various technological developments that might be on the verge of changing our lives are just peeking out at the world now.
They’ll likely go through various iterations, several adoption cycles, and perhaps a busted tech bubble and recovery.
Then will come refinement of use, when folks actually figure whether or how a product or service best works for them.
Seems a 10-year lead ought to be just right for planning, giving L.A. a chance to reinvent the Olympics yet again.
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