• Short Summary

    On its first anniversary Munich's Olympic Village looks more like a vast memorial to the Israeli athletes killed there than the thriving modern suburb the owners envisaged.

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    On its first anniversary Munich's Olympic Village looks more like a vast memorial to the Israeli athletes killed there than the thriving modern suburb the owners envisaged.

    Munich's City Council has in fact suggested making the bullet holed Israeli quarters a national shrine.

    The heads of the building consortium, which owns all the properties, poured scorn on the idea. They said the city council should either set up a shrine at the Furstenfeldbruck airfield where most of the seventeen killings took place or buy the whole block where it started.

    The Israeli block is only one of the consortium's troubles. Most of the luxury apartments which housed the Olympic athletes are empty because few people-even in crowded, booming Munich-are prepared to pay GBP 10,000 for a one roomed flat or GBP 30,000 for family apartments.

    Students snapped up the cheaper bungalows where the women's teams lived but the 3,500 apartments which take up most of the site are mainly empty. So the park, the tent-roofed stadium and empty flat lands present an series sight at night. Once, the owners ordered the caretakers to switch on all the lights to try and attract custom. A passer-by used to seeing the towering blocks unlit called the fire brigade, believing the village was in flames.

    The World Soccer Cup to be held in Munich next year seemed one of the only chances of breathing life back into the area, but the stadium also has its problems, and the West German Football Federation are thinking of moving the games to the old Munich stadium.

    The architects claimed their original tent-style roof was the finest in the world but rust is attacking the supports and it will cost several million DM's to repair. Worse still, the Olympic stadium's stands are so flat spectators sitting at the middle and back cannot see the play.

    The Riem Stadium where the equestrian events were held has turned out to be the biggest white elephant of all. The stadium, complete with a 22,000 seat grandstand is almost totally unused.

    Even the success of the fast underground link which takes the students to the city centre has had its drawbacks - there is hardly any reason for the railway station to be used. So, like Berlin, and so many other Olympic centres since, at least part of the huge costs have been completely worthless.

    The West Germans set a new record in Olympic spending preparing Munich. They tried to ensure the area would be a popular and modern part of the city afterwards - yet local police said recently the loneliness of the whole place was a factor in a suicide.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABY73EA3CN0NDB4659Z5EVH5W3
    Media URN:
    VLVABY73EA3CN0NDB4659Z5EVH5W3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/08/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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