Category: Municipal finance

The highbrows’ sports carnival: Part 4, Toxic cocktail

13 August, 2015 (10:00) | Boosters, Boston, Democracy, Governance, Housing, Infrastructure, Journalism, Los Angeles, Moral hazard, Municipal finance, NIMBY, Olympics, Philanthropy, Public finance, Sports, US News | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith As we’ve seen in the three preceding parts of this post dissecting the corpse of Boston 2024’s failed bid to win the locals’ hearts and minds, the Olympics are effectively a highbrow sports carnival – a periodic revival […]

The highbrows’ sports carnival: Part 3, The city owns the Marathon

12 August, 2015 (10:00) | Boosters, Boston, Democracy, Governance, Housing, Infrastructure, Journalism, Los Angeles, Moral hazard, Municipal finance, NIMBY, Olympics, Philanthropy, Public finance, Sports, US News | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we’ve seen in the previous parts, the campaign for public support of Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid was in many ways a clash of theories of influence: the mobile upstarts (rabble-rousing 140 characters at a time) versus the sober establishment (“All […]

The highbrows’ sports carnival: Part 2, Documents whitewashed

11 August, 2015 (10:00) | Boosters, Boston, Democracy, Governance, Housing, Infrastructure, Journalism, Los Angeles, Moral hazard, Municipal finance, NIMBY, Olympics, Philanthropy, Public finance, Sports, US News | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In sifting through the wispy remains of Boston 2024 Olympic bid, which collapsed so suddenly and completely one could be forgiven for having forgotten how intimidating it originally appeared, I discovered the real tale it tells: of the virtues of civic democracy, small enough to be […]

The highbrows’ sports carnival: Part 1, Bombshell announcement

10 August, 2015 (11:40) | Boosters, Boston, Democracy, Governance, Housing, Infrastructure, Journalism, Los Angeles, Moral hazard, Municipal finance, NIMBY, Olympics, Philanthropy, Public finance, Sports, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith So suddenly did Boston’s Olympic bid vanish, and with no little lamentation, that when it was over I wondered if it had all been a political shaggy-dog story.  So I delved into previous stories extolling Boston 2024, when the pro-bid forces were making statements like this: If voters rejected Boston’s bid […]

Mega-boon or mega-boondoggle: Part 6, We don’t need an aristocracy

8 June, 2015 (11:05) | Boston, Cities, Economic development, FIFA, Finance, Housing, Infrastructure, Mega-events, Municipal finance, Olympics, Politics, Soccer, TIF, US News |

 [Continued from Friday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] By: David A. Smith By now alert readers will no doubt have deduced that my initial astonishment of Boston as a potential Olympic bid city rapidly turned into skepticism and has now hardened into opposition. Principal sources used […]