Three US cities in the running for the 2024 Olympics

My bet is ona West Coast City…..

US Olympic leaders have started contacting Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington about the possibility of bidding for the 2024 Games and believe the demise of Boston’s candidacy will be ‘‘ancient history’’ by the time the host city is selected in 2017.

In an interview Saturday with The Associated Press, US Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst said a decision will be made by the end of August on which of three cities should replace Boston as the American contender in a race that already features four European cities….

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Democratic Socialist Dave
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Bay Area’s Disjointed Public Transit Network Inspires a Call for Harmony By PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN New York Times AUG. 1, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO — There is much to relish about the Bay Area, from the intoxicating landscape to the blissful lack of humidity. One thing is not perfect, though: the daunting nature of the region’s public transportation system, a patchwork of more than 20 operators spread across nine counties and 101 municipalities that have yet to spawn a cohesive map. As housing costs here continue… Read more »
Democratic Socialist Dave
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Los Angeles may have no NFL team right now, but it has many more facilities, some of them built for the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, than the Bay Area. The Marathon bombing hadn’t crossed my mind, this evening, but while it was on some minds, Bostonians were assured that Homeland Security & co. would be assuming and controlling most of the security. Boston held a Democratic National Convention (with protestors confined to a laughably obscure “free speech area”) without incident. Remember that the Boston Marathon,… Read more »
Democratic Socialist Dave
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Fewer Bostonians were favorable to the idea than unfavorable, once it was expressed as specific bids rather than a general aspiration.

Boston Olympics 2024 couldn’t convince Boston and Massachusetts taxpayers and commuters already burned badly by the Big Dig that the Boston Games wouldn’t end up costing them a very pretty penny, as well as several weeks of unmanageable disruption.

As for my speculations about San Francisco, I’d be very interested in hearing from Keith, who’s in the Bay Area.

Manila Calling!
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We dodged a bullet here in Boston.

LA seems to be the logical place.

Democratic Socialist Dave
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What I read in an L.A. Times column (ironically thanking Boston), reprinted in The Boston Globe, is that L.A. has a persuasive argument both for Angelenos/Californians and for the USOC/IOC: it’s already built for an Olympics (1932 & 1984). No vast land clearances or construction projects needed, as in London, Sochi or Rio. (In Boston, one question was: where do we put a 100,000 sq.ft International Media Centre or a Velodrome? Those who know cycling, Paris or Holocaust history know what a vélodrome is, but… Read more »
Democratic Socialist Dave
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San Francisco has the same logistical and geographic problems as Boston, only more so. It’s hillier and the tip of the peninsula is more isolated. There’s one subway tunnel within the City, shared by Muni Metro and BART, which diverge beyond downtown into only one tunnel each (I think). The in-city elevated highway stretches hit by the 1989 earthquake were not rebuilt but replaced with ground-level boulevards. (Dedicated Olympic VIP lanes would just not be practical.) Owning and operating a car is a challenge comparable… Read more »
Zreebs
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I’m surprised that Wahington is on the list. With hundreds of thousands of people coming from all over the world, how do you effectively maintain security?