Then there's this, a site started by Chicagoans urging Rio to get the games. Good for them.
I think Alexei Barrionuevo largely gets it right here:
On shimmering Copacabana beach, where Rio’s body-conscious residents play volleyball and soccer, giant screens are being readied for a live broadcast of the vote that will determine whether this city will make history by becoming the first South American city ever to host the Olympic Games.
On the streets and on the lips of radio and television broadcasters, Brazilians are abuzz with Olympics talk, and there is the distinct sense that this famous party city is ready to explode on Friday with a delirium rivaling its famed New Year’s and Carnaval celebrations if the vote for the 2016 Games goes Rio’s way.
I find this especially appealing:
Happiness, in fact, is part of Rio’s pitch.
The city has promised a private beach for the athletes, in front of a nature reserve in Barra da Tijuca that, in true Rio spirit, would be available at all hours. The Olympic Village would feature a Rua Carioca, a typical Rio street with cafes, bars and the swaying sounds of samba and bossa nova.
I've been to that beach. WhileBarra da Tijuca itself is more like Miami than Rio, the beach known as Barra Reserva is the best beach for swimming in the city.
While not by any means my favorite city in Brazil, Rio does always make me happy when I visit. If it's the choice between the city of the big shoulders or the marvelous city, I truly hope the marvelous city wins.