Nacre Posted April 2, 2015 Report Share Posted April 2, 2015 Which is why I'm pretty much done participating in this Boston anxiety that everyone has that the bid will fall apart. Anything can happen between now and September when bids are completely submitted, and even then anything can happen from this September to 2017 when the final vote happens. As the race for the 2022 WOG has shown us, it is futile to get this concerned right now as anything can happen, and that bid right there everything did happen. All the European countries dropped down and the 2 least likely bids to even be shortlisted became the only 2 in the running for the race. The difference is that the Boston bid is not just about whether the city really wants the Olympics (which is an issue with every bid) but rather the specifics of what the project is. The organizers are well connected political elites rather than sporting people and wealthy donors, and they've said numerous conflicting things. So who provides the funding? Which of the ephemeral transportation projects will get built and how? How does Boston resolve the issue of promising a compact Olympics while asking for money from the entire state of Massachusetts? And what will the Olympics leave behind that benefits Boston? With Paris, Oslo, Tokyo, etc the transit and venues are/were mostly in place. They just need/needed to convince the public to commit the taxes to fund the bid. The low level of public support is just one of several very high hurdles facing Boston. While it's possible they might solve one of those issues it seems incredibly unlikely they will solve all of the problems. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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