The Weekly Dig had an article by an Atlanta native that was deeply critical of the consequences of the 1996 Olympics. The benefits of development flowed almost exclusively to the wealthier parts of the city. There was massive displacement of citizens from poor neighborhoods. The venues--stadiums, housing, etc...---created for the games seemed to amount to little more than expensive giveaways to private corporations.
I don't think Boston will get the games. Resistance to the physical displacement required for the Games will mobilize neighborhood groups. And where would the money come from? Mayor Walsh did go to some sort of junket in Utah to discuss the bid, but I'm trying not to feel worried that he's catching the fever. He has enough challenges with the BRA, Casinos, and basic city management.