2024 Olympics

By - 7/19/15 - 8:53 pm

City Councilor Tito Jackson gave Boston 2024 until Friday to give him the 100% unredacted version of its "Bid 1.0" for the 2024 Olympics. On Friday, Boston 2024 sent the Roxbury city councilor a note saying, in essence, sorry, Tito, no can do, there's proprietary stuff in there, but we can show you the Bid 2.0 stuff, and it's even better.

Jackson, who has latched onto the fact that one of the few actual powers the City Council has is that of subpoenaing people, has scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m. Monday to discuss what his next steps are in getting the docs that may or may not have committed Boston to something.

By - 7/10/15 - 8:43 am

WBUR reports the numbers from its latest Olympic polling in the Boston area and across the state.

Statewide, 42 percent of those surveyed said they support hosting the games in the Boston area, with 50 percent opposed. In June, it was 39 percent in favor and 49 percent opposed.

By - 7/8/15 - 9:02 am

Kevin McCrea reports on a polling call he got last night. "They did not identify who they were from but clearly were paid by Boston 2024. They asked 13 (!) questions to garner a lot of information about potential supporters/opposers of the Olympics." Read more.

By - 7/1/15 - 8:07 am
Protesters before the meeting in Jamaica Plain

Protesters gathered before the meeting.

The day after Boston 2024 announced their revised plans, organizers of a city forum on the games tried a new approach in Jamaica Plain: Splitting the meeting into three parts, to discuss different ramifications of the would-be games.

"They're separating us to take away our voice!" some protesters yelled at the English High School session, not far from Franklin Park, which remains the proposed venue for equestrian events and the pentathlon. Read more.

By - 6/30/15 - 12:14 pm

Boston 2024's "2.0" plan for Widett Circle calls for tearing down all the existing industrial and mass-transit facilities in the 83-acre area and turning it into 8 million square feet of office and residential use with the hope Boston gets the Olympics, but under a plan that would continue even if we don't get the games. Read more.

By - 6/29/15 - 10:15 am
Proposed venue map of Boston 2024 Olympics

Proposed new venue map. From Boston 2024 Bid 2.0.

Boston 2024 officials are outlining their "Bid 2.0" version of the proposed 2024 Olympics in Massachusetts. Current Boston 2024 Chairman Steve Pagliuca says the plan still calls for buying out the existing businesses in Widett Circle and building a temporary stadium there - and then turning the land after the games over to a private developer, who would build a whole new transit-oriented development with 4,000 apartments. Read more.

By - 6/29/15 - 8:52 am

At the South Boston convention center. If you can't break away from work, you'll supposedly be able to watch it live online.

By - 6/26/15 - 1:45 pm

Boston 2024 CEO Rich Davey (right) addresses councilors

UPDATE: Boston 2024 says it will release its new plan at 10 a.m. on Monday.

We'll have to wait until next week to hear any new information about the financials for the proposed 2024 Olympics. The City Council Special Committee on the 2024 Olympics held a hearing today about venue selection and financing but it didn't get many answers. Read more.

By - 6/22/15 - 6:03 pm

Steve Lynch (D-South Boston) went on NECN's Broadside tonight and told host Sue O'Connell that condemning the existing businesses at Widett Circle for a temporary 60,.000-seat stadium is stupid and something he'll fight. Suffolk Downs might work, he says.

"I don't think you'll build a stadium for three weeks and then take it down," he said. "I really think it's a bad idea."

By - 6/20/15 - 10:07 am

The Herald reports the Baker administration has stopped plans to buy "diesel multiple unit" trains that would have allowed the Fairmount Line to run at subway-like frequencies, saying now's not the time to load up on new technologies on the T. Read more.

DMUs are passenger coaches with their own diesel engines, which can be more easily assembled into smaller trains at non-peak hours; the Patrick administration had touted them as a way to improve service on the line - and also to serve the proposed West Station stop in Allston on the Worcester Line and connect Back Bay with the South Boston convention center.

By - 6/15/15 - 9:48 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports organizers are considering hiring a single company to handle all the land purchases and venue development should Boston get the 2024 games.

By - 6/11/15 - 3:05 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports Boston 2024 wants to shift tennis from its original location at Harvard to Harambee Park, conveniently located near a Fairmount Line stop.

By - 6/9/15 - 4:10 pm

Boston Magazine reports Hizzona signed that initial Olympic binder without actually reading the "bid book" it went with.

By - 6/3/15 - 10:15 am
Boston 2024 tweet about vegetables

For the second time this spring, Boston 2024 has used Twitter to link to something they probably shouldn't have. First it was that list of inspiring Olympics movies (the one that included one movie by a Nazi-sympathizing filmmaker and another about the aftermath of the Munich massacre). This morning, they linked to my contribution to Globe editorials about the amazing things the Olympics can do for us, such as getting kids to eat their vegetables.

As earlier, they quickly deleted the tweet, but not before people in general noticed and Jack Gately in particular took the above screenshot.

By - 6/1/15 - 12:51 pm

The latest in a series of editorial calls to action on how the Olympics can reshape every single facet of life in Boston.

It's no secret that kids need to eat their vegetables to grow up strong and healthy and become productive members of society. And yet, so many Boston children refuse to eat their kale and their lima beans. We are, frankly, at risk of producing a generation of neurasthenic adults, barely able to get off their couches, let alone turn Boston into the world-class city it deserves to be. Read more.

By - 5/30/15 - 6:55 am

The Globe reports Boston 2024 will no longer seek public financing of a temporary Olympic stadium in Widett Circle - and the luxury mega-project that would replace it.

But the group could seek public money for infrastructure improvements - which both the governor and mayor are on board with - something that could prove much pricier than earlier estimates if Boston 2024 makes the proposed games less walkable and more spread out around the state.

By - 5/29/15 - 12:03 am

Michael Burstein reports Brookline Town Meeting voted 111-46-7 for a resolution opposing the 2024 Olympics.

Wicked Local Brookline reports Town Meeting members were especially concerned about the potential hit on taxpayers from the games.

By - 5/27/15 - 11:07 pm

Yeah, about that:

Initially, a public authority (e.g., City of Boston affiliated Industrial Development Authority) will fund land acquisition and infrastructure costs while the OCOG budget will assume the costs associated with the construction and restoration of the temporary stadium structure, Olympics back-of-house and warm-up areas. A private sector development group will be selected for the proposed development of the project that will provide funds to pay for the debt service on the initial financing utilized for land acquisition and infrastructure costs.

By - 5/26/15 - 8:44 pm

Oh, my, we haven't had a good local media slapfight recently. But Globe Editor Brian McGrory today broke out one of his finer white linen gloves and slowly, dramatically slapped it across the face of CommonWealth Executive Editor Michael Jonas, who had the temerity to criticize Shirley Leung's repeated exhortations to Bostonians to stop acting like a bunch of goddamned cry-baby 2-year-olds, buck up and support those Olympics and be snappy about it.

Jim Romensko posts a copy of McGrory's outraged missive to the publisher and editor of CommonWealth about how Jonas wouldn't recognize an open mind like Leung's - why, she's criticized John Fish, well, that one time, anyway! - if it bit him in the ass, probably because he and CommonWealth are sexist pigs who resent a keen intellect like Leung's, which eagerly challenges the conventional wisdom and is so much keener than Jonas's that Jonas should just move to Texas or something.

Here's hoping Jon Keller posts a copy of the acid-dipped riposte McGrory no doubt sent him as well for his Leung missive.

By - 5/22/15 - 7:40 am

Everybody's favorite Olympic nag today reassures the USOC not to worry about us lying on the floor crying and screaming and slamming our little fists into the hardwood: We'll be back to our adorable selves after a good nap. Read more.