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  1. Listen here—cities don't just bid for an Olympics just to throw an expensive party. Maybe that's the case for Sochi, Beijing, Athens and other bid cities with no attention paid to a LEGACY. That won't happen if the Greater Boston Region & Commonwealth of MA host an Olympics. Things need to be fixed in any city, some more than others. If you can marry an Olympic bid with civic improvements to infrastructure while telling a good narative—that is a winning bid for Boston. They are following through all of the necessary steps and with good direction.
  2. Boston Olympics bid fuels visions on Massachusetts future http://www.lowellsun.com/news/ci_24965711/boston-olympics-bid-fuels-visions-mass-future?source=rss_viewed "We have roads that need repair, and those repairs could enhance economic development in a substantial way -- not just hosting the 2024 Olympics, but more importantly, we could change the face of the commonwealth of Massachusetts for half a century, if not more," said Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish, the commission's chairman. Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis: "Boston better equipped to handle a major global event like the Olympics than other cities in the United States, he reiterated that a Sochi-like scenario for Boston is unthinkable." http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2014/01/boston_vs_sochi.html
  3. Not sure what the joke is about 2014 but he thinks Boston is the best U.S. option for 2024. I agree!
  4. Great news for Boston and a potential 2024 Summer Games Bid http://www.gamesbids.com/eng/olympic_bids/future_bids_2016/1216136788.html Wednesday the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed legislation to create an 11-member committee to push forward an initiative to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Boston. A bill was passed during the summer to examine the feasibility of bidding for the Games. According to the Daily Free Press, Massachusetts Rep. Theodore Speliotis said the commission is looking at how the universities and colleges in and surrounding Boston, including Boston University, would benefit from hosting the Games. The commission, which is privately funded, will investigate all aspects of hosting the Olympics, including costs, infrastructure, transportation and security. He said, "a university like BU can offer so much to an Olympics program in the ways of the new Agganis Arena and the stadium. There's not even any certainty that that particular Olympic Games will be in the United States. But if it is in the United States, I think that we are in the top tier of communities to be considered". Mass. Sen. Eileen Donoghue, who sponsored the resolution through the Senate's approval on July 30, said despite the significant expenses of the Olympics, the benefits outweigh the costs. She said, "when you look at the tourism aspects of the Olympics, not just during the weeks of the Games but before and well after the Games, it certainly would bring a huge benefit". Maureen Keefe, race director of the 2013 Head of the Charles Regatta, one of the world's largest rowing events, said because Boston is used to hosting large sporting events, holding the Olympics would be feasible and would help build Boston's infrastructure. She said, "I know the impact of large-scale athletic events on a city and I think it would bring a lot of people to Boston. We are strong in that we can create an infrastructure not only to support a worldwide event like that and to show off Boston to the rest of the world, but also hopefully whatever infrastructure we would build would sustain the city beyond the Olympics itself in different ways as far as venues, facilities and jobs".
  5. Massachusetts Senate votes to create commission to study feasibility of Massachusetts hosting 2024 Summer Olympics. State House bill S.1623 passes Senate this afternoon 39-0 in favor. Now to the House for a vote and Governor Patrick for his signature. Big news for the 2024 movement in Boston.
  6. The most likely American candidate cities for 2024 seem to be San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, Dallas, a potential San Diego/Tijuana joint bid, and Los Angeles, which would be aiming to host its third Olympics since 1932. Boston's efforts are continuing to evolve! http://www.facebook.com/boston2024 @Boston2024 http://olympictalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/11/usoc-looking-to-whittle-potential-2024-olympic-bid-cities-by-december/
  7. Boston officials “imagine” Olympics at committee meeting Boston’s Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development heard testimony Tuesday from citizens and officials advocating for New England to throw its proverbial hat in the ring, as they consider hosting the Games in 2024. “While security is, and will always be, a major concern in any Olympics, our first responders have proven to be more than up to the task. Our Boston police, fire and EMS have proven to be the most dedicated and prepared in the world,” Boston City Councilor Matthew O’Malley said Tuesday. “Imagine soccer matches in Foxboro, basketball in Springfield, sailing in Newport, rowing along the Charles, tennis in Lowell, beach volleyball at the National Seashore and running the Olympic Marathon down our route, which begins in Hopkinton and ends on Boylston Street.” It seems like the idea that was originally called “far-fetched” by mayor Tommy Menino a couple months ago is gaining steam, much to the delight of the Boston Olympic Exploratory Committee, which has spent nearly a year working toward their dream of bringing the world to Boston. Now the committee is expected to vote on State Senator Eileen Donoghue’s bill, which aims to commission a nine-member team to study the logistics of Boston hosting an Olympics, including examining the infrastructure, transportation, hospitality, venue locations, budgets, and more. If the bill passes commmittee, it will then move on to a vote in the Massachusetts House and Senate. “It is important to hold this hearing today to discuss the Olympics,” Donoghue said. “And how we can show the world how extraordinary our city, our commonwealth and our people are.” original story here: http://olympictalk.nbcsports.com/2013/05/08/boston-officials-imagine-olympics-at-committee-meeting/
  8. Read more about the Boston 2024 State House hearing: Boston Globe: http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/05/07/legislative-committee-hears-support-for-bill-study-boston-olympic-bid/ciMAmH2XSF0gy5XJHAmJaL/story.html CBS WBZ 4: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/05/07/state-officials-consider-bid-for-2024-olympic-games-in-boston/ Lowell Sun http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/05/07/state-officials-consider-bid-for-2024-olympic-games-in-boston/ Western Mass 22News If you check out the links below, you'll see that there was much more covered than security during the 2 1/2 hour hearing yesterday. 13 business leaders, elected officials, Olympians, and Boston Exploratory Committee members testified before the Joint Committee for Travel Tourism and Culture.
  9. Stoked that Los Angeles is throwing their hat in the ring along with Tom Hanks and Magic Johnson. If there's one city that has the balls to pull this off—it's LA! Screw Texas and Oklahoma; Los Angeles is electric and has major plans to tear down their century old convention center if the proposed Farmers Field project moves forward. To all those who count Boston out, this city isn't out. It's merely conducting a feasibity study to show proof with actual figures and findings "yes, it's feasible, or no, it's not feasible".
  10. I'll gladly change the conversation from politics to Boston's hopes for a future Summer Olympic Games. "Like" Boston2024 on facebook & follow the bid effort on twitter! http://www.boston-2024.org @Boston2024 http://www.facebook.com/boston2024
  11. I'm sorry but Dallas 2024 sounds incredibly boring... Yee haw
  12. Being a gold star member like yourself doesn't make anyone elses opinions, including new followers any less viable than yours. This is merely a forum for people who are infatuated with the Olympics to have friendly and interesting discussions. Let the Exploratory Committee do their job and come back with the real facts and well...the back and forth will still be going on here : )
  13. I don't think anyone posting on here has shot down any other city in comparison. I would love if ANY city in the U.S. can play host to an event of this magnitude in our near future. We don't think Boston is God's gift to anything but we are very proud of our city and what it has to offer. Any resident should have pride in the city in which they live. Other cities I would love to see pitch for a games would be Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Austin, Miami and Chicago even though they just announced they weren't going to bid again. I think any viable city in our nation should lay the groundwork and conduct a feasibility study to really see who has the best shot. Boston's not perfect in every way and it has it's share of problems like any other U.S. city. The Olympics give that city a chance to reinvent itself and in theory, make it even better than it was before.
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