As many people know from trending news stories and popular gossip, our home city of Boston has been chosen as the United States bid city for the 2024 Olympics. This doesn’t mean that the Olympics will certainly take place here, but it is the sole American candidate. So with the chance of hosting such an expensive and extensive and fantastical event, everybody is looking at both the pros and the cons. We’re going to delve into both sides of the argument here to figure out what hosting the 2024 Olympics would mean to Beantown.
As a hotel that is passionate about travel, the Boxer Boston can’t help but be excited for the great tourism that comes with hosting the games. Boston is an absolutely beautiful and progressive city and it would be incredible to see it on the world’s center stage for a few weeks.
The 2024 Boston committee has a whole slew of other advantages listed on their site’s FAQ page. Some of the other pros hey speak to is an increase in local jobs and housing. The site also discusses plans for the required Cultural Olympiad that comes with hosting the games. From our renowned art and music schools to our storied museums, there’s a whole lot of Boston culture that would be wonderful to share with the world.
The list goes on, but the conversation is a bit more complicated. To consider all of our fellow Bostonians and the city itself, here’s the other side of the coin.
The leading opposition of hosting the 2024 games is an organization named No Boston Olympics. At the heart of their argument, in good reason, is money. The No Boston Olympics site speaks to promises of economic growth and stimulation in former host cities— Vancouver, London, Athens— that was unfulfilled. The organization and fellow opposers host very real and understandable concerns for Boston taxpayers being stuck with billions of dollars of debt to balance out following the games.
In the same economic realm, people are skeptical of Boston’s ability to stay true to their relatively low proposal of a $5 Billion budget. Going over budget poses the potential to stress the city, like The Big Dig, a famously overdrawn construction project
So, what can we take away from all of this? Firstly, the host city won’t be chosen until 2017, so there’s plenty of time to think on it. Lastly, with such pros and cons we can look at the outcome of the decision as a win win. Greatness comes at a price, and while we aren’t authorities on who should pay, we do know that this city is pretty freaking great.