Boston 2024

Boston 2024

Coverage of the bid to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston

Boston Olympics? Yes!

Boston Olympics? Yes!

Games could be a boon to city neighborhoods

IT’S TIME TO get serious about a possible Boston Olympics – and to ensure that the benefits of such a global event are shared fairly with all. While there is a long way to go before a 2017 decision by the International Olympic Committee, the majority of Boston’s global competitors for the 2024 Summer Olympics(...)

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The real Olympics debate

The real Olympics debate

Games would be a statement about us

EVALUATING THE COSTS as well as the benefits of hosting the Olympic Games needs to extend beyond considerations of economic or infrastructure changes. We should talk also about an even larger ramification: For any city, why and how you run an Olympics is a statement to the world about who you are morally and ethically –(...)

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Remember the Big Dig

Remember the Big Dig

Olympics bid shouldn’t hog scarce infrastructure dollars

AS THE SON of a history teacher, my father taught me early on that a strong appreciation of history is essential for understanding the issues and challenges of the present. President Harry Truman put it well when he said, “The only thing that is new in this world is the history that you don’t know.”(...)

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Why I went from no to yes

Why I went from no to yes

Mayor’s backing was critical

IN THE BEGINNING of 2014, I was one of the co-founders of No Boston Olympics, a group of volunteers formed to oppose Boston’s Olympic bid. By December I had left the group, and decided to support Boston’s bid. My friends and peers have jokingly wondered who got to me, or who bought me off. But(...)

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How about a Gateway Cities Olympics?

How about a Gateway Cities Olympics?

Boston focus is far too narrow

EVEN NAYSAYERS BELIEVE the 2024 Olympic bid is a rare opportunity to generate fresh ideas about the future of the Commonwealth. For a productive conversation, a shared understanding of priorities is required. It will always be hard to generate consensus in a state with so much diversity, but if there is one issue on which(...)

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