Boston: Mayor strongly defends Olympic bid in speech
Mayor Marty Walsh is strongly defending Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid, saying that win or lose the city’s pursuit of the games represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and would not leave taxpayers to shoulder a massive bill.
Walsh used the bulk of his annual address before the Boston Municipal Research Bureau on Wednesday to tout the benefits of the Olympic proposal. He acknowledged the debate had generated “more heat than light” and that many people believed the bid would distract from more pressing needs.
Walsh disputed critics’ assertion that the Olympics could be a drain on taxpayers, saying other American cities have successfully used private funding to bankroll the games.
He also said the Olympic bid and the recent weather-related breakdowns on the MBTA could serve as a “catalyst” to upgrade the aging public transit system.