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  1. Thats actually relatively easy. Including the All-Star Break in July, the Red Sox were away from Fenway for a full 2 weeks this year. I'm sure the team would grumble a little, but you could tack on one more series to the road trip. That gives you a full 18 days when you throw in an off day.
  2. Regarding the Mayor, he's on his way out, for what its worth; retiring at the end of his term, and the election's this fall. But my point was that there seems to be less skepticism on here and more support than back in March.
  3. I gotta say, from perusing the thread and the icons of various members, this idea really seems to have picked up a lot of steam in the past few months, hasn't it?
  4. 'Boston Strong' has been a local expression since the Marathon Bombings, so it the saying would tie the resolve of the city to... the resolve of the world? I guess. Needs a little work, but I say its extolling the common solidarity of humanity in the face of adversity.
  5. Well, it seems to me that the feasibility study is what the group was going for at first, and then the letter to the 35 cities got published and people got ahead of themselves and a little too excited.
  6. The point had some resemblance to validity until it compared Boston to Los Angeles. I hate that place. Gonna go listen to tool to unwind a bit.
  7. Its also worth noting that there's an upcoming mayoral election. Not that I have any confidence that Mumbles will lose. But its worth noting.
  8. What I don't get is that Mumble's statement that he didn't hear about it until it was in the paper means that he was less informed than private citizens. The information was certainly out there, and there was a committee designated by the State House quite awhile ago.
  9. http://bostonglobe.com/business/2013/03/05/private-group-explores-possible-boston-bid-for-summer-olympics/vCPt0UfM2TXoElVBj0y6PO/story.html Getting some more coverage. One of the local talk radio guys even covered it today (he was very much against the plan).
  10. Let me know when the conversation about the guy in the White House is done and the discussion about Boston hosting the Olympics can resume.
  11. I know thats what you wrote, I was providing the source to your figures. Its always best to provide an authoritative source when providing quantitative facts like business rankings. As for start up costs (again, 49th in the nation), that goes hand in hand with regulatory costs (42nd in the nation). There's lot of logistical paperwork that Massachusetts has to undertake any major project that other states do not have, that covers everything from starting a new small business to hosting the Olympic Games. Its not as though there's an Olympic organization already established in Boston, with is own, pre-existing Olympic Park that is just looking for a 'thumbs up' vote from the city and state. It is a very complex task in any environment; Massachusetts makes it a more complex task. And please, I'm sick of arguing for all the *negatives* to an Olympic Bid. I want it to happen, but I'm not going to ignore the difficulties.
  12. South Station Tower is in development hell, though there are a few smaller developments springing up around it. As for Fan Pier, the entire neighborhood has been planned out and is already under development. There might be some locations in the Seaport that would be large enough left, but I'm not sure. To me, there best 'large' areas left are the East Boston Piers, the big vacant lot next to the South Boston power station, and, if the city's willing to pursue eminent domain options, Newmarket/South Bay Plaza.
  13. You said the *communities* were ready, willing, and able. Most people consider the general public to be the community (at least, I do). I'm not trying to detract from your knowledge of the state, but it seems to me that if your social network is composed of a great number of athletes, I almost take it for granted that they'd be eager for a Boston olympics. Oh, and the someone who referred to Boston natives not even noticing the packed hotels was me.
  14. Rick, you might want to add some citations to your lists... Here's the link to your most recent list: http://www.forbes.com/best-states-for-business/list/#page:1_sort:0_direction:asc_search: I note that you leave out the category that Boston ranks second to last in... Business Start up costs. But what does that have to do with the Olympics, anyway?
  15. Typo in my previous post: not 'both citizens, business, and government.' Should be 'tierce citizens, business, and government' (not that anyone uses tierce). Oh, per the suggestion of keeping the Olympic Village more compact, I ran a new layout. Confining the development to the stretch of air rights between Back Bay Station and the I-90/I-93 interchange, including building over the Back Bay Station itself (a brutalist eyesore that is falling apart). Thats 842,000 square feet of space. Per my prior standard of 1,000 beds per 50,000 square feet, that allows for 16,847 beds; more than enough. All in a contiguous location running through Boston. I'm envisioning a series of buildings, with enclosed foot bridges running between them, to maintain a controlled and connected environment. Added bonus: they'd be adjacent to the Copley Center/Prudential Center shopping complex, which is already connected by such bridges. The legacy could be a mixed use, pedestrian-friendly complex spanning the length of the core of the city. Another bonus is multiple parking facilities directly adjacent, that could be commandeered for the olympics, and easy rail access (the entire thing would be built on top of one of the main rail lines). The City could look into adding a station on the east end of the complex (if only for the games), in order to better facilitate access. Also, while we're on the topic of space, could someone help me out with this: Per the Technical Manual (linked to a few pages back), the requirements for bedrooms are 12 sq meters for a 2 bed. Quick conversion, works out to just over 129 square feet for every two beds. When you divide that into my '50,000' square foot benchmark, you come up with 774 beds in a 50,000 square foot area. Which is not all that far below my 1,000 bed benchmark. That sounds all well and good, except I was basing my estimate on a structure that averages over 16 stories tall (admittedly, subtract the first few floors for other non-residential uses). According to this, you could nearly achieve the requisite space on one floor! Is my math off, or is the IOC just fine with packing the athletes in like sardines in comparison to what I was suggesting?
  16. I grew up in the Berkshires and the Pioneer Valley. I went to school in Boston. I'm marrying a girl from the Cape. I'm a product rep for a major company, with my territory being pretty much the entire state, and I'm constantly driving back and forth, from the North Shore to the South Shore to Worcester to Springfield, and all throughout Boston, speaking with small business owners and employees, people on the street, etc. etc. Suffice it to say, I've got a pretty good 'pan-Massachusetts' perspective on most issues. I've yet to encounter anyone who's even *aware* of any of this, other than those that I've mentioned "Hey, Boston's considering looking into possibly bidding for the Olympics in 2024. That'd be pretty cool, huh?" When it comes to major projects in Massachusetts, the only thing that I've seen widespread interest in, from both citizens, business, and government, is the various casino proposals. Now, if you do have any information about other parts of the state having great interest in the games, or even within the city, please share it. It would be a valuable resource to find other like-minded people who could, in some way, shape or form, contribute to the process.
  17. Yeesh, thats a lot of drama going on... Anyway, Rik, I've gotta temper your enthusiasm there. The rest of the state is still holding a grudge against Boston for the Big Dig. Almost nobody in the state is aware that there's interest in bidding for the Olympics, and I don't think the majority of the population outside of the 495 beltway cares much one way or the other. Not that they'd necessarily be opposed, but there's a world of difference between that and "ready willing and pumped." I know the appeal of pure boosterism can be quite tempting, but there's no need to deliver sales pitches on an internet forum. Lets just continue to look at the nuts and bolts and see what problems and opportunities there are.
  18. Wow, thats a great resource (well, two). I'm gonna spend some time pouring over them. Thanks!
  19. No one campus would be able to support the Olympic Village; it would tie up the sum total of a campus's housing stock by twofold or better (particularly problematic for NU, since they have nearly half the student body taking summer classes anyway). I spread my Village across the city because I don't want any one area to be dominated by one monumental development project. If the Village were to be all centrally located, it'd either take up the majority of the air rights over the Mass Pike (prime real estate, otherwise), or the city would have to totally take over the Newmarket district. As much as an industrial district might be ugly, its still not something thats totally worthless; better to take bits and pieces and attempt to weave the Village into the fabric of the city, from my point of view. But, again, I'm looking more 'long term' than just the games themselves.
  20. While I certainly sympathize with your perspective, we're not *that* unfriendly. We're just not southerners, you know? I've certainly been more interested in discussing the logistics than anything else. As for why there's so many people that joined, my theory is that because this thread was linked to on a forum that specifically discusses urban development in Boston (I know thats where I found it). Of course it wouldn't; Boston already is the Athens of America. Thats one of its nicknames, along with Beantown and the Hub of the Universe. Of the three, its the easiest to grasp: Athens was renowned as a center for learning in the classical world, Boston is renowned as a center of learning in the modern world. PS, did anyone get a chance to look at my proposal for the olympic village housing?
  21. I'm having too much fun playing Sim City Olympics with this idea... http://binged.it/UG5q2y I base the capacities of my various Village Residences on Northeastern University's International Village, which houses 1200 students in a 50,000 sq ft footprint, while still leaving the first floors available for non-housing uses (dining halls during the games, most likely, possibly mixed uses afterward). All are placed near subway stops, most are near universities, and I think only one of my buildings calls for the demolition of any existing building (there's a lot of below-grade highway and train tracks in Boston, just begging to be decked over). I operated under the assumption that all the universities will refuse to allow athletes to be housed on their campuses, requiring all new construction (as a worst case scenario). Anyway, this comes out to 16,400 beds, which is close enough for me before I go to bed (I rounded every building's capacity down to the nearest hundred anyway, so the actual capacity there would likely be greater). I also personally prefer for the village to be dispersed through the city, so that no one area is full of monumental residential buildings. What do people think?
  22. I couldn't find any single reference to the total number of rooms available, though the list of events by # of rooms booked is fairly illustrative. In 2010, the city apparently had no difficult in hosting events that required anywhere from 5k to 41k hotel rooms, and, honestly, I don't think most residents ever even noticed. So, the hotel room matter seems to be fairly under control. What quality is expected for the accommodations for the athletes themselves? Would college suit style buildings be sufficient (or even dorm style)?
  23. Got a link handy? (I couldn't find anything easily on their website) And is that within the city limits, I presume? If so, then not only will Greater Boston have enough, they'll be well over, by the time 2024 rolls around, regardless of the Games themselves.
  24. Good thing I'm just a layman and not actually in charge of the exploratory committee. Thanks for the direction, though.
  25. I'm trying my best to figure out how many hotel rooms are in Boston. I've got a decade old figure of 15k, and a year old article of 4k under construction/planned. I know, first hand, that there are hotels newer than 2001, so lets just set the upper estimate at (including under construction) under 25k. Those figures are for the city proper, not including the various other municipalities that have been conglomerated into Boston. Of the ones with convenient transit access to the city, Newton, Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville, Revere, and Quincy have a substantial total. Possibly enough to bring the number up to 45k already, I'm not sure.
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