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  1. Every Single Bid is a Dream.... Until that Magical Day it all comes together and Becomes Reality - but that can only happen with positive minds, goals and attitudes.
  2. I concur... I sit here watching all this and scream at the computer LOL... There should be an army of people working on this and I know of many soldiers interested
  3. No one is truly ahead of anyone until it's in the hands of the USOC, if you were to go by Social backing it would be Philadelphia they have nearly 14,000 facebook followers however their page was created in late 2009. And they have bid 4 previous times. Boston has nearly 2,000 and has been up for less then 1 year... (12 days away from 1yr)... in 2010 Maine created a fan page to bid and although the page has been inactive by moderators since 2010 they have OVER 15,250 fans that could be possible conversions over to Greater-Boston Personally I think our biggest foreign contenders are Paris and South Africa although they have considered not bidding due to the health of Nelson Mandela... and Dubai dropped out But if Tokyo & Madrid loose to Istanbul (fingers crossed on my end) then they would be the favored candidates to bid
  4. Oh no look out here's that TeamRik again! Don't worry I won't try and spoil your fun, I can finally take this thread for what it is; fact-less banter. And that's no fun or helpful to anyone. I just wanted to remind all you California dreamers, or well educate you that Los Angeles has bid for the Summer Olympics the most times out of any US City... 9 times... and they lost every time except for of course 1932 and 1984... and why is that?.. Because NO OTHER CITIES BID! - 2nd most Detroit (7), 3rd most Philadelphia (4) & Chicago (4) lost, lost, lost! It be nice if we could actually be constructive and support each other or we should just go back to the nineteen fifties where 6 or 7 US cities all bid against each other four Olympics in a row and not any of them won!..
  5. And Yes I agree, I mistated with "Coaches" when I totally meant "Owners" however I have read on numerous occasions that Gillette was going to be considered and that was part of the consideration on it's building plans, I never said they were ever close to winning one or to a vote but they were of consideration. Ouch you didn't shake my hand back!!!... JK
  6. Your Figures and Link are from 2010-2011 numbers and Gillette is ranked 5th not 3rd on your very own sheet!... My Figures and Link are from 2012-2013 and have Gillette at 2nd oh and with a much high margin I will AGREE again, and move on if you will... We are both here for the same reason and this silliness is not it.... right? <Shakes Hand>
  7. Boston's Building Boom Defies Weak Economy 22 Developments Broke Ground, Investing $1.6 Billion in Boston, and Creating 2,450 New Construction Jobs Mayor Thomas M. Menino today recognized the 22 developments that broke ground in 2012, a total investment of $1.6 billion, which put 2,450 construction workers back on the job and will create 2,010 units of housing. “Cranes crowd the city skyline because investors are bullish on Boston,” Mayor Menino said. “Thanks to a growing innovation economy, a young and energized population, and an educated workforce - Boston is booming.” In 2012 projects broke ground in Allston/Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown, the Innovation District, Jamaica Plain, the LMA, Mattapan, Roxbury, and South Boston. These projects have housing, hotel, athletic, municipal, office, and retail uses. In addition, the Boston Redevelopment Authority board approved 37 projects in 2012 a total investment of $3.4 billion, which put 5,217 construction workers back on the job and will create 3,898 units of housing. These project approvals ensure Boston’s building boom will continue into 2013. 2012 Development Year in Review: Groundbreaking Highlights 22 projects broke ground $1.6 billion was invested in new development 2,450 construction jobs were created 4.6 million square feet is under construction 2,010 units of housing Boston Wharf Tower: 319 A Street Rear $100M project 202 units of housing, including 22 affordable Boston Innovation Center, Innovation District $5.5M project Crucial part of Innovation District social infrastructure Dudley Municipal Office Building, Dudley Square $115M project Future headquarters of Boston Public School Department Longwood Center, LMA $350M project Cutting edge research and development facility 2012 Development Year in Review: Approved Project Highlights 37 projects were approved by the BRA Board $3.4 billion in planned development investment 5,217 construction jobs will be created 7.5 million square feet of approved development 3,898 units of housing Millennium Tower and Burnham Building $625 million project 500+ units of housing Ground floor retail and office New Brighton Landing $500 million project Future New Balance World HQs 59 Temple Place $60 million project Boutique hotel, restaurant, retail, and spa http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1011270028105-3383/Downtown+Development+Fact+Sheet+February+2013.pdf Thank You For That....
  8. The city has paperwork, not an issue getting it filled out and APPROVED... oh really? where is your authentication to your figures? Since Gillette is ranked #2 :-) http://adage.com/article/special-report-super-bowl/metlife-gearing-role-host-2014-super-bowl/238861/
  9. Yes the communites are.. This Boston bid is not a NEW CONCEPT.. it has been explored many times before and the Communities have talked about it many times including when we have help Olympic Trials and other Championship events.. oh and they all supported the gay games bid including the city of boston, the governor, mayor, all the major sporting leagues, all the major colleges, and hotels all of which were willing and able to provide funding, fundraising and facilities but according to everyone that doesn't matter :-) All of the Waterfront is developed but not the other side next to and behind the convention center... Also Parking Lots can be converted into garages and buildings... And it's time for updated building information because most of the projects that had problems of the 22 that broke ground last year and the 37 this year have been fixed and many new tenants have come forward. This week they BRA Approved the new 37 Story Tower being built connecting North Station & TD Bank And the 60 Story Millenium Towers that have been in hurt for 5 years were just set back on Track this week as well...
  10. ummm everything on the link you just sent I wrote :-) and how exactly would that figure affect the games? LOL
  11. Back bay is a great idea. South Station and North Station currently have 2 VERY large high rise buildings being built so it's definitely a concept the redevelopment would be familiar with and in favor of.. However I really dont think living quarters are even a remote hinderance on Boston. Olympic Stadium & Public Transport are #1... and I think prime prime location is Southie & Fan Pier area which already looks sooo amazing.. I owned a condo in the Fort Point Channel and know there are some great HUGE lots still available like the proposed lot where they were going to expand the Convention Center
  12. I also grew up in Pioneer Valley/Franklin County where I was an athlete. I went to school and worked for a major advertising agency in Boston, was on the board of directors for Harbor to the Bay and Bostons bid for The Gay Games. I currently live on the Cape where I am in training. as I stated all three locations have house and sentate members who wrote & co-signed for the exploritory committee bill... and I did state that the general public is not who I was referring to. And Boston is already capable for a longtime now to host 45,000 rooms and like someone else refereed without Boston natives even noticing or breaking a sweat.. We are one of the top 5 locations to host huge national conventions and we are at the top for hotel sales and luxury hotels
  13. You clearly don't know that much about Super Bowl Selection... And for your information since it's decided by the coaches of the NFL - ALL teams that have the capacity or money to build a stadium make the list :-) and since Gillette Stadium has the 2nd HIGHEST in Stadium Naming-Rights Deals delivering the most brand exposure on Broadcast TV that kinda puts them at the top of the list... They had even planned on roofing the stadium - the new stadium has sold out every game since opening. And for your semantics and changing context.. Gillette Stadium holds more then 6 Super Bowls a Year :-) Oh wait I collected some other information while I was on hiatus that I thought you would love.. Most Valuable Professional Sports Teams: NFL - #2 - New England Patriots - $1.65 Billion MBL - #3 - Boston Red Sox - $1 Billion NBA - #4 - Boston Celtics - $730 Million NHL - #4 - Boston Bruins - $350 Million The Best States for.... (Massachusetts): Business & Careers - #17 Labor Supply - #9 Regulatory Environment - #42 Economic Climate - #8 Growth Prospects: - #16 Quality of Life: #1
  14. ok READY!? I HAVE CLEARLY shown FACTS & FIGURES that BOSTON - HAS, CAN and WILL have the CAPACITY to PROVIDE 45,000 HOTEL ROOMS as REQUIRED by the IOC and can ACCOMMODATE and HAS ACCOMMODATED MORE THEN THAT!... The Gay Games topic was in regards to ATHLETES, CULTURAL MEMBERS THE BID PROCESS, OBJECTIVE, FUNDING, HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION, REQUIREMENTS... I have done that More times then I can count!!! I have even apologized when every argument he turned personal. I have moved on and have been positive... All of my posts last night were direct and unbiased - Pure figures
  15. Again you are making the the conversation to be what you think it should be about... I was not trying to address ticket sales.. Why would I, even if I had no olympic knowledge a layman would know that ticket sales for the Olympics would be astronomical.. And PEOPLE weren't frustrated, you were... I continued to have constructive conversations with others and you would then join that conversation and change the context of those as well.. And I will no longer address this topic, I have apologized, stated my enthusiasm took the best of me especially when it comes to writing online things you can't edit or revise. I am here to talk about an Olympic Bid for Boston in 2024, not your agenda. Either move on with me or waste your own time addressing a petty argument and every swipe has been personal, I'm sorry that the Gay Games do not meet your Standards.
  16. And I have acknowledged this, I took a break, I moved on and I came back with a new outlook and openness and eager to invest in learning from all sides.. Quaker needs to get off his pedistal and move on as well.. Personal attacks are uncalled for and I have STATED myself that I know Boston has many battles to fight and many negatives but I also know that every issue that is against us can be fixed and changed, the only obstacle that can't be hurdled is the negative attacks that are personal and not based on the subject. Just like an election it doesnt matter how much proof you have or how much you try to show someone that your the best candidate there will ALWAYS be people who are just stuck in their own head and wont push their pride or lack their of it aside.
  17. And FYI - "OUT OF CONTEXT" your new handle... I did not COMPARE them.. I Stated Facts.. and that was on the number of athletes. The Bid Process is just as stringent, the amount of money it takes is huge and takes the same techniques to achieve. And there are MORE Athletes, MORE Cultural attendees and More Sporting Events then the Olympic games. Which directly answers any question of # of Hotel Rooms required or the ability to showcase each sport. Just because its more expensive, more days, more media etc. Does not discredit what I was trying to point out. PEOPLE, PROCESS, OBJECTIVE, HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION, REQUIREMENTS... And Foxboro was on the damn list of stadiums and then removed, it's called a process and a short list!... Just because they did not ended up getting a superbowl, and just because NEW ENGLAND WEATHER would be the largest issue as stated by the coaches of all NFL teams does not my information was INCORRECT! Of course your skeptikal and your trying to discredit every person for your on vindictive personal agenda and if there is anyone who should be discredited its anyone who without knowledge tries to attack every single sentence another person says. Why are you in this forum?
  18. Oh here we go again... MOVE ON!... Your personal attacks are ridiculous and juvenile and have no place here. I have a VAST amount of knowledge on this subject and this city and just because I may have been to passionate about something or posted something that you have personal issue with but that does not discredit ME, or my information. As you can see I have pulled my own reigns and took some time off from this forum and came back on a new level. Nobody here needs you to keep them in check
  19. I would like to thank those who have been contributory figures with some significant issues that need to be studied and addressed, I have personally found them very helpful and regardless if you think Boston is a Viable candiate or not I think that positive communication is vital for any cities bid process, we can all learn from each others bid process and help others as well.. A US Olympic Bid Win is a Win for the entire Country.
  20. I don't think anyone should temper anyones enthusiasm nor do I think anyone has the right or responsibility to do so LOL.. and Being a member of ALL of these communities I do if fact know that these areas are "Ready, Willing & Pumped!" in the exploratory process of a Boston Bid. ALL of these locations have BIG ties with not only Current Local Olympic Heroes but are also Locations where Sports were Created and are cultivated to this very day. But since you are not in the everyday I don't know how you can say what their feelings are, I made it clear that I was commenting on personal knowledge, just because something has not been put into the press does not mean that knowledge of the endeavor is unknown, especially to the people who may or may not be directly involved in making an event like this come to life.
  21. How are the people who started the Thread "New"? LOL.. just because we are new to your forum does not makes us new on this subject.. but as I have learned from earlier game play conversations, anytime you post a rebuttal or facts to support your topic or argument the "Alumni" like to attack, and twist everything to fit their AGENDA, which is to dismiss anything you post... So as I commented in the beginning I am no longer engaging in conversation with those members, and will continue to communicate with those who have a clear vision and conversations that enlighten both sides positive and negative of this conversation... - there are over 10,000 hotel rooms currently in development in Boston which is #5 in the country for Conventions of this size and larger. - 87% of Bostons hotel market are Luxury Hotels - Boston is the 4th Ranked LEED Certified State this year. (NYC 7th) - 2012's 4th Quarter was the Strongest Quarter in Five Years for the U.S. Building Martet - Boston had the 2nd Highest in the Country - No denying the MBTA would need upgrades, but just a note there are Currently HUGE upgrades already taking place and many projects have been completed in the past 2yrs - The Boston Redevelopment broke ground on 22 Projects last year and 37 this year, we are the only city who not only continued building during the recession but the only city able to approve new projects and we are leading a huge building boom, there are 6 new high-rises, being built all of which include hotels, as well as Bostons 4th Tallest Building at 60 Stories. I believe that that Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Massachusetts Convention Authorities as well as the Hotel Market would take HUGE Pride in not only making this happen in Boston but funding or finding funding, they have approved billions in the "Innovation Districts" of our city and we have been recognized as the most Innovative City in the Country... And Senate & House Members from every County of Massachusetts have co-signed the Exploratory Committee Bill for Boston 2024 and Living not only in Boston, Provincetown and Western Mass I know that all of those locations are ready, willing, and PUMPED to support Boston 2024. "Taxachusetts" a long standing nickname, primarily because its fun to say was extinguished long ago... Do we go by state mottos now to chose an Olympic City because NH should win then for sure "Live Free or Die!" - State Business Tax Climate Ranks - 2012/2013 Overall Rank: 22nd Corporate Tax: 33rd Individual Income Tax: 15th Sales Tax: 17th Property Tax: 47th Unemployment Insurance Tax: 49th ALL of the IOC Documents: Archived, Current & Future can be found here: http://www.olympic.org/documents-reports-studies-publications
  22. Fan Pier Boston: http://www.fanpierboston.com/#/fanPier/theVision/masterPlan/ http://www.fanpierboston.com/pdf/area_map.pdf Pier 4 Boston: http://pier4boston.com/project_overview.html
  23. MCAA Annual Report (2010): http://www.massconvention.com/download/annual_reports/MCCA%20Annual%20Report_0606.pdf MCAA: HISTORY, CULTURE, CUISINE, AND ENTERTAINMENT... BOSTON HAS IT ALL. http://www.massconvention.com/visiting.html
  24. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/chi-usoc-sounding-out-25-cities-on-2024-summer-games-bid-20130219,0,2561812.story
  25. how is 70,000 HALF of 80,000? Gillette Stadium holds 70,000 and can EASILY be Upgraded Did you not Read the List of Stadiums? And the Superbowl being held in 18 days at the Mercedes Superdome holds 4,000 more people then Gillette .. 4,000 Rio 88,000 London 80,000 Beijing 90,000 (population!) Athens 70,000 what same!? Sydney - insane LOL Atlanta 85,000 Anyways all I was saying is its doable... Not once did I ever say that Gillette should be the Olympic Stadium... I clearly stated that Boston has Infrastructure that is comprable to other cities and has the inovation and economy to upgrade and build not to mention the top architects of the world build and bid to build here ANYTIME it's possible like I.M. Pei for instance... We have the land, we have the knowledge, we have the sports and we have the drive... and there are clear examples of numerous cluster olympics that have been held, that are being held and that have bid to be held so nothing is off the table for our city other then the heavy weight contenders and ignorant refusal to believe we are anything they have heard in cheap stories
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