The recent public announcement regarding Boston’s 2024 Olympic Bid has unleashed a host of sentiments on both sides of the spectrum. While some property and business owners feel left out of the decision-making, leaving them vulnerable to a forced relocation, others see the bid proposal as an opportunity for a much-needed facelift in a less-than-desirable industrial area known as the city tow lot.
Plan for the 2024 Olympic Bid, Then Pray Not to Get It!
Perhaps the best attitude is one that plans for infrastructure and aesthetic improvements required to get the bid – which will benefit Boston as a whole – while simultaneously praying it doesn’t happen.
Here are reasons why applying for an Olympic Bid is a pretty great idea.
NYC’s High Line Park. Manhattan’s High Line Park, which transformed large sections of a historic freight rail line into a beautiful public space, was vastly upgraded in the effort to gain the 2012 Olympic Bid. New Yorkers were thrilled, and while the bid went to London while New Yorkers and tourists alike benefited from city-wide improvements in perpetuity.
Make Way for Smart Facelifts. The key is for the proposal to include area-wide improvements that remain on the responsible side of the budget and yield long-lasting benefits for Boston and her citizens. That’s the goal of Somerville’s mayor, Joe Curtatone, who says, “…[a] diligent, community-based process must be undertaken regionally if we want the Olympics to bring us long-term community benefits, instead of a three-week party and a legacy of abandoned structures.”
Think in Temporary Terms. We’ve all heard the horror stories of vast structures and arenas that went way over budget and are hardly used once the Olympic Village is evacuated. This is every community’s worst fear. Fortunately, Boston’s bid proponents are on it. The Boston 2024 committee have submitted proposals that include a temporary Olympic Stadium and other venues that will be disassembled after the closing ceremony.
So, perhaps going for a bid isn’t the worst thing. Our city can enjoy the improvements and attention to aesthetic details that go in to the Olympic proposal process and then sit back in our newly beautified communities while we watch the 2024 Olympics taking place – just hopefully somewhere else. Tell us what you think about Boston’s 2024 Olympic Bid. Comment in the field below or via our Facebook or Twitter pages.