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Monday, June 16, 2014

olympic cynicism reconsidered

So, Boston has made the short-list of U.S. cities that will vie for the 2024 Olympiad. While I am still skeptical, I am feeling more charitable towards the people who think this is a good idea. We should all have dreams, and as I have stated previously, discussing the Olympics can be a good way to address the infrastructure needs of the city as a whole.

No matter what decision the IOC makes, the Olympics are not something the city could prepare for in the space of ten years. The acquisition of the land required for the venues would take at least twice as long. Construction of the venues would take another ten years. We are not a third-world dictatorship that can impose large construction projects by fiat over the objections or concerns of the citizenry.

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