At 3pm on Thursday, the 15-member USOC board will gather at the Denver Airport to announce which spot in the United States will make it to the next round of competition vs. other European contenders to host the Olympics. The final four of US spots are Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston.
We realize Mayor Marty Walsh is gung-ho for Boston to be the host city but can you imagine what it would be like if Boston did in fact host the Olympics. Neighborhoods like the South End, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Dorchester and South Boston will be most directly impacted. Part of Boston’s proposal is rumored to include beach volleyball on the Boston Common, potential Olympic Village at UMASS Boston, and an Olympic Stadium over near Frontage Road and the West Fourth Street Bridge.
We’re not only concerned with the three weeks of Olympic games, events and ceremonies that will take place in the summer of 20124 or how much money the city of Boston will make or lose. What we’re concerned with is the five years of construction leading up to the Olympics. What frightens us is the potential traffic, congestion and inconvenience Boston residents will incur. Have you ever tried to get around or even near Kosciusko Circle (aka the rotary near the State Police barracks/JFK Station) between 3pm and 6pm on an average work day? What about the Boston Water and Sewer project currently holding our neighborhood hostage? The giant excavators and other machinery taking up valuable parking spots for weeks and sometimes months in certain areas. Streets shutdown to accommated the construction. Now add in 1000 or more construction workers, hundreds of pieces of giant machinery, construction delivery trucks, dump trucks, cement trucks, and everything that goes along with a major construction project. Remember the Big Dig days?
So as 3pm slowly rolls around, we silently hope Boston does not make it. If it does, we’ll hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
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Remember the time Southie, led by activist politicans like the No Boston Olympics movement is, nearly forced the Patriots to move to Connecticut. "NO FOOTBALL STADIUM" they shouted, worrying about traffic and everything else Con Man Finneran was selling them. Then, the state shoved a Convention Center down your throat that rarely gets used compared to Hynes. You were a submissive bunch then. I trust the bid's backers, which include the four teams and their ownership groups more than I trust the likes of Liam Kerr and Chris Dempsey … not to mention the neighborhoods that get roped in with false fears over something that ultimately benefits them.
Do you live in South Boston? I think comparing the Convention Center to the Olympics is like comparing apples and oranges.
At 3pm on Thursday, the 15-member USOC board will gather at the Denver Airport to announce which spot in the United States will make it to the next round of competition vs. other European contenders to host the Olympics.
Where did you hear such silly information? All the news sites use the words "may" "could", even the Globe says "Boston may learn its Olympics fate on Thursday". Just a little curious who your source is on this one
The convention center vs Pat's stadium vs Olympics, how can you compare the three? I'll take the convention center over a football stadium any time. A football stadium with 70K plus employees is a shat show extravaganza. Traffic, congestion, tailgating. Plus the seaport would have been a huge parking lot for tailgating as opposed to what it is now and becoming. I don't belive Kraft was ever going to move the Pat's out of Mass. It was a gambit to get tax $$ for a stadium. As far as the Olympics it is hard to compare that event to anything else. You seem to have a lot of pent up frustration towards people from Southie. Maybe get that checked out, you don't want to get an ulcer.
All the major news outlets include the phraise "may announce" "may come Thursday" "decision nears" "could announce". Please cite your source on this!
sorry for the confusion. It was announced at 6:30pm and not 3pm.
Also: "other European contenders"
1. Boston is not in Europe, therefore it is not a European contender, and therefore to state "other European contenders" is incorrect.
2. Only two of the potential bids known at this time are in Europe – Rome and Paris. Three others besides Boston are outside of Europe – Doha, Nairobi, and Istanbul.
If you wanna argue against the Olympics with me, don't make us look stupid or racist.
"If you wanna argue against the Olympics with me, don't make us look stupid or racist." your already doing that all on your own jabroni