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Larry Ellison's Best Gift to the City Ever
Scott Lucas | Photo: Courtesy David Brossard/Flickr | June 10, 2014
America's Cup isn't coming back.
It cost the public millions more than it should have. Attendance was far below initial projections. Not enough teams showed up. People cheated. Aaron Peskin got all pissy. Ships broke. A sailor died. It was a symbol of gilded extravagance during the summer of our class war.
Sure, Team USA won, but the glow of the America's Cup victory lasted, oh, about 3 minutes, and it was diminished by our guilt over breaking the hobbit-loving hearts of Kiwis worldwide. But it looks like we won't have another chance to play "Bond Villain or Yacht Magnate" again in a few years, because San Francisco has been quietly dropped from the running to host the next America's Cup in 2017.
The news comes through the AP Wire, which reports that, "America's Cup officials have reduced the prospective venues for the next event from four to three, and it appears San Francisco has been eliminated." Still in the running to host the irregularly-staged international celebration of rich people and New Zealanders, are three cities, though the field will narrow to two by the end of June. Those are San Diego, Bermuda, and Chicago.
Yes, Chicago. What is it with the Second City recycling all of our throwaways, anyway?