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|Picking a Host|
On July 6, five cities bidding to host the 2012 Olympic Games will make their final presentations to the International Olympic Committee. Here's a look at each host city:
Thursday: New York
Population: 7.3 million.
Previous Olympics: 1908 and 1948.
Major sporting events hosted: London Marathon, Wimbledon, Premier League soccer, 1996 European soccer championship, 1999 rugby union World Cup, 1966 soccer World Cup.
Pros: Legacy offered by regeneration of run-down area of east London; strong support of Prime Minister Tony Blair; cosmopolitan, multiethnic city; backdrop of London's famous sites; effective campaign run by bid leader and former two-time Olympic 1,500-meter champion Sebastian Coe; Britain hasn't hosted games since 1948.
Cons: IOC caution over completion of Olympic Park project on time; creaking Underground subway and concerns about road traffic; opposition of nearly 100 businesses in main proposed Olympic zone.