Rams, Los Angeles, Olympics discussed on Freakonomics
The US Olympic Committee was broke and we made hundreds of millions of dollars. It's the infrastructure and people do things like build a new railway to so cheap. Well, that's not like the Olympics that was a fifty billion or whatever dollar railway that people put into the Olympics as that's inherent cost of boondoggle, and you're getting your boondoggles in early now so that they can't better than that. We delayed twenty twenty eight let periscope I and twenty twenty four and we negotiated one hundred sixty million dollars up front so sixteen million dollars a year has been going into doubling the number of kids, who get swim classes, and African American Latino kids over half of them, don't know how to swim, and it's the second leading accidental killer of kids under twelve. So we, we are putting into public good now and main reasons why can get away with it and other places are right to avoid, it is not building Olympic village. We're using UCLA. So we're just renting those rooms were we've got all the infrastructure, the most expensive stadium in human history has been built without public subsidy in Inglewood here for the Rams and the chargers we're gonna use that we have the call a Siham. We have the staple center. So we're just renting the incredible sports facilities. We already have here we have velodrome, we've got tennis court. So most other cities are smart to not bid, but we hope to get the Olympics to kind of chill out, on needing to build so many new things. So the moral of the story is the Olympics should only be held in Los Angeles. One person. I want to ask, and we asked this to a lot of substantial people, what's something that you believed for a long time to be true until you found out that you were wrong. Well, I mentioned it already. I think that was one of those Democrats always thought you can never lower taxes, and I think that I've seen in practice that businesses do make their decisions based on what we're taxes are. That's definitely one. I think the other thing I used to dismiss people's fears, and that let's say in a town hall meeting where people don't want a homeless shelter in their neighborhood, that it was okay to just say you're wrong, or somebody's racist about something this that, and the other, and I realized over time you have to kind of. Understand people's fears that they usually come from a real place. And until you understand that you can't transform. The mayor told us a lot of things about Los Angeles. Any facts, we need to be concerned with. So a couple of things that are interesting. He was rated one of the top five most dateable mayors in America. Despite the fact that he's married to the incredible Amy wake you, I was going to say I'm not dateable at all. I did want to say one thing about diversity, which was interesting. There is a large study that just came out that ranks LA itself, not greater Los Angeles. As the sixty third most diversity in terms of racial, and ethnic. Diversity moves up to the eight most diverse city when you take into account income education, language, industry class age religion cetera. The most interesting thing I think you talked about was how hometown buffets also have diversity. You'll be interested to know that in Canada. Some buffets offer jellied moose knows in Japan, you can get tuna eyeballs, but most impressive was a man in Springfield, Massachusetts who ate all the diversity and was kicked out of a buffet after spending more than seven hours, onsite eating more than fifty pounds of food. God. So it is possible to get all the diversity. Thank you, make them on. And thanks specially to mayor Erica, said he of Los angel-. Our next guest is a size. Malla gist to Caltech, and she's a leading thirty on earthquake risk. Would you. Please welcome. Lucie jones. Okay, lucy. It was so interesting to me that people clapped earthquakes. So tell us something, we don't know about our quakes start there. Most people think of California's a place with a lot of earthquakes. The reality is, we don't have enough. Now, maybe that's only something small just just going to say, but we can look at the geology, and see how many we should have, and especially the last couple of decades. Ben particularly quiet we call it earthquake drought..