After millions (and in some cases billions) are spent to prepare cities for the arrival of the Olympic Games, what happens in the aftermath of the event? Some venues now look like ghost towns, while other cities deserve gold medals for how they repurposed their stadia.
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1936 Summer Olympics
Hopefully, Rio de Janiero and Tokyo can learn a lesson from Berlin. The Olympic village was built for the 1936 Games, which have the dubious distinction of being presided over by Hitler. Once bustling with activity when the games were underway, the village and its buildings now sit abandoned following years of war, occupation, and subsequent reunification. Money is being raised, however, to preserve the area and its historical importance.