Walsh Advisers Joining Olympic Effort (Boston Globe) Will Marty vacate his job and join them next? Walsh to USOC: No “Real Opposition” to Olympics in Boston (Bay State Examiner) Marty has a lot of chutzpah. See the statement I provided for No Boston 2024. Olympic Organizers Promise to Leave a Pool in Franklin Park, But at What Cost? (Universal Hub) Park Backers Irked by Lack of Specifics from Boston 2024 (Jamaica Plain News) #Franklin Park 2024 (Storify) Our Storify of the Fr
Just Say No (The Economist) “Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup is bad for a city’s health.” ‘Ask the Mayor’ with Marty Walsh (WGBH) “On a daily basis I don’t hear the anti-Olympic thing.” Uh…you put a gag order on your employees. Keep the Common Olympics-Free (Boston Globe) Boston 2024 to Meet at Franklin Park March 5 (Jamaica Plain Gazette) Here’s the Key Part of Boston’s New USOC Agreement (Boston.com) Push to Make “Boston” Games, “Commonwealth” Games (WWLP) #WorldCup
Not a lot of news, so I combined yesterday and today. Marathon, Head of Charles No Good for Olympics (Boston Globe) In a Time of Climate Change, Boston–and the World–Can’t Afford the Olympics (HuffPo) Franklin Park to Host Meeting with Boston 2024 (Jamaica Plain News) Barr and Boston 2024 (Barr Foundation) I think this is in response to the Herald article from a couple of weeks ago about the financial ties between Boston 2024 and GoBoston2030 (funded by the Barr Foundation).
JP Officials Voice Olympic Doubts and Concerns (JP Gazette) Olympics Organizers to Meet with Franklin Park Coalition (JP Gazette) Editorial: Olympics vs. Democracy (JP Gazette) Somerville Mayor Looks for Public Meetings on Olympics at Assembly Square (Wicked Local Somerville) Proposed Site of Boston’s Olympic Stadium Could Have an MBTA Problem (BostInno) “The Olympic rings and other venues…appear to sit on top of an MBTA maintenance yard, and completely conceal a stretch of t
A lot of coverage of yesterday’s public meeting, highlighting the fact that the people were overwhelmingly opposed. I storified my tweets from it. Overruns Are Focus on Public Meeting on Boston Bid (NYT) Olympic Concerns Aired at Community Meeting (Boston Globe) Hundreds Attend First Public Meeting on Boston Olympics (CBS Local) Boston’s First Olympic Meeting Packed (My Fox Boston) Mayor, Community Discuss Boston 2024 (NECN) Mayor Holds 1st Meeting on Boston Olympics, Draws B
The two biggest stories from yesterday were Marty Walsh’s gag order on city employees and Boston 2024’s partial release of the bid to the public. Joindergate Walsh OK’d Ban on Criticism of Olympics Bid (Boston Globe) Not only does the document he signed ban city employees from criticizing the Olympics, the IOC, or the USOC, but it also requires them to actively promote the bid. The authoritarianism of the Olympics on clear display. Walsh, Olympic Committee Must Drop Ban on Cr
Boston Olympics Bid Chosen; JP Impacts Remain a Mystery (Jamaica Plain Gazette) Editorial: Seeing through the Olympics Game (Jamaica Plain Gazette) Olympic-Sized Hypocrisy: Democracy is So Last Year (WCVB) Boston City Councilor: ‘Open up the Conversation’ On 2024 Olympics (WGBH) The Councilor is Michelle Wu. Boston 2024: If We Wanted the Public’s Input… (The Bay State Examiner) Is Opposing the Boston 2024 Olympics Unpatriotic? (Boston Magazine) Official: Henry OKs Long Sox Ro