As an American, I was disappointed that Chicago didn't win the 2016 Summer Olympics, but I've got to admit that Rio looks like a pretty spectacular choice. I've never been, but watching their official candidate commercial yesterday moved it to the top of my list of dream trips. Today I happened upon the city's master plan pitch, and it really looks like Brazilian officials have thought this thing through. I'm not surprised the I.O.C. believed that South America in general, and Rio in particular, would be the perfect host for the games.
The video takes you through the Rio of 2016, where the games take place in four newly revitalized neighborhoods: Barra, Deodoro, Maracana, and the Copacabana. All the venues will be linked by what they call a "high performance transport train and network of Olympic lanes." Sounds fun. There's no question that officials have their work cut out for them, but Rio knows a thing or two about pulling off huge, spectacular events that draw thousands of visitors. Carnival, anybody?