Just as we’re readying to defeat New England in a sporting event, we get passed over for Boston by the United States Olympic Committee. I hope it isn’t an omen!
Bids were considered from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Baltimore-D.C., but Boston is the city that the U.S.O.C. will hype in their bid for the 2024 Olympics.
The New York Times reports that Boston’s proposal promised that every stadium would be no more than a 10-minute walk from public transportation. That, the city’s status as a “center of education, technology, health care and research,” its plan to involve local universities in the games, its time zone, and its proximity to other big cities made it the favorite.
Okay, but has anyone on the U.S.O.C. tried driving around Boston when its not hosting the Olympics? It’s okay. Because being a host city is a huge economic gamble. Costs are often underestimated, and benefits are exaggerated.
Boston’s bid will be up against a proposal from Rome and likely bids from Paris, Berlin, and South Africa. The 2024 host city will be determined by the International Olympic Committee in 2017.
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