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.