Brazil's World Cup Legacy Falls Short of its Billing

Evidence is building up that the Brazil's extravagant spending on the World Cup soccer championships last year won’t have the last positive impacts promised by government officials. Next up for Brazil: the Olympics.
May 13, 2015, 2pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports:

"It has been almost a year since the World Cup in Brazil. The party is long over, but the country is still dealing with the hangover — in the form of 'white elephant' stadiums and unfinished infrastructure projects. They come at a time when the country faces economic woes and the prospect of another expensive mega event: next year's summer Olympics."

Garcia-Navarro cites two prominent examples of new stadiums that failed to find very productive uses in their post-World Cup life:

Then there were the infrastructure investments sold as part of the World Cup package, like the $800 million light rail line connecting the airport to the city center in Cuiaba. That project was scheduled for completion before the World Cup, but instead only a half-mile of the 14-mile route has been completed. In a separate article, Kevin Smith details similar lack of progress on other transit lines promised for the World Cup around the country.

A hat tip to Joseph Stromberg for his coverage of the issue, which led to these sources.

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Published on Monday, May 11, 2015 in NPR
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