Can anybody beat Beijing? Is the US ready to compete for the 2016 Olympic Games?

What’s the difference between






Ambition? Vision? Economics? Arrogance? The amalgamated power of the society behind it? If you think it’s all of the above, read this.

I write about it in the Huffington Post. You’re welcome to comment.

These pictures show you the difference. Symbols matter. So does ease of movement. So do first impressions and entries into cities and cultures.

Images in order:

a. Beijing “Bird’s Nest” stadium
b. Proposed stadium for Chicago, for the Olympics 2016 bid

a. Magnetic levitation train between Shanghai and its airport
b. Blue Line train between O’Hare and Chicago

a. New terminal at Beijing airport
b. new terminal at Chicago Midway airport

More from me on China here.

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