So what happened in Boston, and what next? A roundup of some Olympic thoughts:
Jon Keller says this is the Market Basket story all over again - the 1% once more was tone deaf:
Corporate welfare is under attack from left, right and center. A risky multi-billion dollar investment in what the critics loved to call "a three-week party for the international elite” with ticket prices unaffordable to most was always going to be a tough sell in a community that may be on the economic rebound, but still struggled with antiquated infrastructure, struggling schools, unaffordable housing, lack of resources to treat drug abuse, etc.
Market Basket is thriving more than ever, and Boston's flirtation with the Olympics will quickly become a historical footnote. But the message of both stories is clear.
Andy Tarsy ponders the collapse of the bid:
Resist the temptation to say this confirms Boston is a "just say no" kind of place. Those like Shirley Leung will do it (again) but you don't have to be that way. This episode is an example of civic engagement and tough questions that ultimately had inadequate answers. That's it. It is not connected to any past episode of us doing whatever we did when other things happened in the past. Our narrative is whatever we want it to be. It is not a destiny that makes us naysayers. Calling us that is cheap headline writing and just plain old beneath us.
David Meerman Scott looks at how Boston 2024 lost the social-media battle and so the war.
At the Boston Business Journal, Craig Douglas blames the Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight:
It's about an A-list brigade of gunslingers whose aims and aspirations were at once inspiring and altogether self-defeating. They are the city's captains of industry whose collective vision pushed the boundaries of what's possible in a 400-year-old city, but whose self-assured missteps were worthy of The Three Amigos.
WBUR points to seven reasons the bid failed.
In case you were wondering what House Minority Leader Brad Jones thinks.
Joan Vennochi: No Boston Olympics activists are heroes.
Dan Shaughnessy: Loss of Olympic bid a victory for Boston.
Shirley Leung: Bostonians are horrible; I hate you all.