Category: Olympics

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 […]

Month in Review: June, 2015

17 July, 2015 (10:00) | Bankruptcy, California, CalPERS, Delhi, Greece, India, Municipal bankruptcy, Olympics, Pollution, Public-employee pensions, Stockton, Urbanization, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith Thought of the day, courtesy of my most faithful reader: If Vladimir Putin hadn’t wasted $50 billion (yup, billion) creating the instant-white-elephant of Sochi’s Olympics, he would have had the cash to buy Greece out of its difficulties and dramatically upset the European applecart. ”So, Vlady, you got that fifty extra-large […]