We’ll admit it, we were hoping for a different result from yesterday’s USOC board meeting to decide which US spot would move on to the next round of contenders to host the Olympics in 20124. Well, Boston won! We can understand why – it’s an amazing city rich in history and filled with some of the best people around. We love the Olympics and it would be exciting to have Boston host them but our concern is the five years leading up to the Olympic games. Neighborhood like Southie, Dorchester, Mattapan, Bay Bay, Beacon Hill, and the South End will be most impacted.
So what’s next? At a press conference on Friday, Mayor Marty Walsh announced a series of neighborhood meetings. He also promised transparency and having communities actively involved int he process. So we shall see. Here is list of community meetings. The one for South Boston will be held on February 24th at 6:30pm at the Condon School and should be a doozy.
- January 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont St.
- February 24, 6:30 p.m. – Condon School Cafeteria, 200 D St., South Boston
- March 31, 6:30 p.m. – Harvard Business School, (building to be determined)
- April 12, 6:30 p.m. – Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Ave., Roxbury
- May 19, 6:30 p.m. – Cleveland Community Center, 11 Charles St., Dorchester
- June 30, 6:30 p.m. – English High School, 144 McBride St., Jamaica Plain
- July 28, 6:30 p.m. – Mildred School, 5 Mildred Ave., Boston
- August 25, 6:30 p.m. – Ohrenberger School, 175 West Boundary Road, W. Roxbury
- September 29, 6:30 p.m. – East Boston High School, 86 White St., East Boston
The group No Boston Olympics will be hosting an organizing meeting on January 14th from 6pm-8pm. Location TBD.
For more information you can follow @Boston2024 and @NoBostonOlympics on Twitter.
Be informed. Get involved.
The final decision for who will host the Olympics in 2024 will be made by the International Olympics Committee in 2017. So there is long road ahead.