LA Times- Boston’s short-lived campaign to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics ended Monday after months of struggles with local opposition and low public support.
Officials from the city and the U.S. Olympic Committee issued a joint statement announcing the withdrawal. The USOC also said it will immediately begin exploring the possibility of a replacement city -- which opens the door for Los Angeles.
It was just in January that Boston edged out Los Angeles in a USOC competition to become the sole American bidder. Though USOC officials say they have not spoken with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office since then, it has been no secret that Los Angeles would be ready and willing to step in at the last minute.
If the USOC intends to move forward, it must submit an official bid to the International Olympic Committee by mid-September.
“I continue to believe that Los Angeles is the ideal Olympic city and we have always supported the USOC in their effort to return the Games to the United States,” Garcetti said in a statement. “I would be happy to engage in discussions with the USOC about how to present the strongest and most fiscally responsible bid on behalf of our city and nation.”
A lot of my friends have asked me when, or if, I plan on moving back to the East Coast. At first I found the question ridiculous, but I have got to say that I may finally have an answer for them. If there is even a shred of a possibility of the Olympics coming to Los Angeles then I am without a doubt moving back before 2024. God lord, You could hit an hours worth of traffic heading down the 405 at 9PM on a Wednesday. I can't even begin to imagine what traffic would be like if the biggest global sporting event were to take place here. The Olympics actually seem like a cool, once in a lifetime event to attend, but there's no chance in hell I would even entertain the idea of navigating trough millions of tourists as well as the usual Southern California traffic.
You ever see the movie 'Idiocracy' when he gets sent into the future and looks out over an entire city in ruins? I imagine that's what Los Angeles would look like after the Olympics. Hell, it was a nightmare just getting home from the 'Made In America' concert last year and that was just a bunch of drunks trying to avoid sleeping in an alley in downtown LA. You ever been sitting in traffic so bad that you legitimately contemplated getting out, leaving your car, and walking to your destination? If the World Games were to take place in a city that prides itself on terrible transportation I would pull my car out into the middle of the street and set it on fire just to send a message. Shit, if i had somewhere else to be I might do so with myself inside of it. I don't even know how people would manage to avoid suicide? What would the options be? 6 hour commutes to work? Sleeping in the office? You know every hotel in a 100 mile radius will be completely booked a year or two before hand. That sounds like anarchy. It might actually be the surest sign of apocalypse. Start the countdown folks. You got 9 years. If the Olympics come to LA the whole world will implode before the opening ceremonies get off the ground. Of that, I am certain.