Editorial: Birmingham Olympics?

Beijing will be the center of the world's attention next Friday with the start of the Olympics.

Birmingham wants to be the host city in 12 years.

While rallying around a project like that is admirable, it isn't wise.

It would cost billions and would need state taxpayer money and private sponsorship dollars that could be better spent right now.

Doubling the number of hotel rooms, the first step in making an Olympic bid, would be nice.

Dealing with a $3.2 billion sewer debt payment to avoid bankruptcy or filing for bankruptcy and accepting an RSA plan guaranteeing $50 million a year for 10 years as Jefferson county restructured its debt would be better.

Changing a can't do community mind set would be good.

Enhancing travel into and out of the city and building an efficient mass transit system would be better.

Building better sports venues would be good.

Curbing the high crime rate would be better.

An Olympics isn't needed to change a community mind set.

Making the city the most livable in the entire South will do that well before 2020.