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David Roberts on mega-events in cities

As this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the 2015 Toronto-hosted Pan Am Games get closer, and the political and activist tension around them gets tighter, it’s clear that there’s a lot at play when it comes to the relationship between mega-events and cities. A new course in urban studies — “Cities and Mega-Events” taught by David Roberts — is encouraging conversation and critical thinking on the pros and cons of hosting a large gaming event in a city, exploring issues such as funding, broadcasting, public space, human rights and community. Read More.



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