Boston is renowned for its impressive sports teams (we are still basking in the glow of the Red Sox’s World Series win), so it seems pretty logical for the city to submit a bid for the 2024 Olympic games…
This week the Boston Globe’s David Abel and the Boston Business Journal’s Galen Moore outlined a couple of key factors that Boston politicians and business leaders are talking about in relation to hosting the 2024 Olympic games. While some strongly advocate for the games, others believe it is unrealistic for Boston to host due to an outdated transportation system and congested city streets.
Our city’s rich history drives tourism, which adds incredible value to our local economy. However, Boston’s age also presents unique challenges that hold the city back from new opportunities, such as hosting the 2024 Olympics. Just look at the tremendous benefits the World Series had on the hospitality industry.
In regard to transportation, the main questions that have been raised are (1) Would our current transportation system be able to support the influx of people who flock to the games? This is a pretty hot topic right now, especially with all the new development in the Seaport District. And (2) Would the sporting venues be too far apart in Boston due to where it’s realistic to build new facilities, such as the Olympic Village?
Perhaps this debate isn’t just about the games; it’s another wake-up call that we must continue to explore alternative ways to solve our city’s transportation issues…especially if it’s going to hold us back from promising new opportunities like hosting the Olympics.
As the city prepares to swear in a new mayor, it will be interesting to see if a possible Olympic bid motivates leaders to focus more intensely on big picture issues (i.e. transportation through funding methods like PPPs) so that we might create exciting new chapters for our city.