The city of Turin (pics) played host to the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. My guidebook says that the event was very successful and brought a building boom to the city including a new Metro system. Since then they have hosted numerous conferences and exhibitions. You can see some of the results of these efforts yet an excess of graffiti seems to plague many areas.
Argentina and especially Buenos Aires, has a well ingrained “café” culture, both in the sense of the drink and the place where you go to have it. Every block has at least one but more likely 6 places that let you know that coffee is available within. And many of them will include cafeteria in their name. Porteños, or residents of Buenos Aires do not get their coffee “to go”. They don’t drink it while walking on the street or while driving the car or riding the subway. They drink coffee in a café, and usually with a friend, co-worker or business associate.