Bye-Bye, Boston; Hello LA Or Toronto?
“Over the weekend, tens of thousands of fans went to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games. The city of Los Angeles is spending $12 to $15 million in in-kind services in support of the World Games. A torch relay rolled through town before the ceremony.
Boston, meanwhile, has over the past six months proven to the world what most stereotypically consider its worst trait – coming off as an insulated, angry group of navel-gazing NIMBYs who don’t trust outsiders and don’t think there is anything in the world that is better or can be improved about the place.
The Hub? Ha.
This Boston bid is so wretched that it has now emboldened Toronto – which staged the Pan American Games this month – to seriously consider a candidacy.”
– Olympic expert (and LA resident) Alan Abrahamson writing about the 2024 Olympic bid before the USOC dumped Boston yesterday as many Bostonians didn’t want it. LA and Toronto both seem excited. Abrahamson didn’t hold back and claims, “It would appear that Boston lied, cheated or misrepresented to win in the domestic phase against LA, San Francisco and Washington.”
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