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Will Boston Ever Host the Olympics?

By August 10, 2012

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With the Summer Olympics coming to a close, we wonder, once again, is the worldwide event something that Boston could pull off?

Short answer: Probably. Should we? Heck, no.

As Garret Quinn pointed out on his "Less is More" blog on Boston.com, "Boston may be perfectly capable of hosting the Olympics but we are not ready to put up with another decade of expensive projects, security headaches, and empty promises." Quinn notes that hosting the Olympics would be like combining the headaches of the Big Dig with the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Fun.

On a grander scale, could New England one day be an Olympic destination? That's the thesis behind www.bostonwinterolympics.com, which lays out a plan for the region hosting the Winter Olympics, suggesting venues such as Walter Brown Arena, the TD Garden, Killington, and Bretton Woods. It's an interesting idea, and a compelling thought that the area could host the world one day. Plausible? As much as we want to say, "sure," the hurdles may present too much to bear.

Until Sochi, then. New England's time is likely a long way away.

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