No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch

No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch

by Chris Dempsey, Andrew Zimbalist


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781512600582
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

CHRIS DEMPSEY is a former Bain & Co. consultant and former Massachusetts assistant secretary of transportation, and was a cofounder and leader of No Boston Olympics. ANDREW ZIMBALIST is the Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College. He is the author of many books, including Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble behind Hosting the Olympics and World Cup and May the Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy, and coauthor of The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball and others.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jim Braude • Preface • Prologue: Inauguration Day • Citius, Altius, Fortius • 2013 and 2014 • January 2015 • February 2015 • March 2015 • April 2015 • May 2015 • June 2015 • July 2015 • The Aftermath • American Unexceptionalism • Lessons Learned • Acknowledgments • Notes • Index

What People are Saying About This

John Powers

“A comprehensive chronicling of Boston’s aborted bid for the Games—and a cautionary tale for other cities with five-ring fantasies.”

David Goldblatt

“No Boston Olympics and its authors demonstrate that facts plus argument plus organization are potent enough to stop the Olympic juggernaut. Think what else they still might do. . . . This is real populism.”

Mike Barnicle

“In October 2004, Bostonians felt they had witnessed an upset for the ages when the Red Sox came from three games down to beat the Yankees and win a World Series. But the fact that common sense, a clear vision of sensible urban policy, and a small, determined, dedicated, and well-informed group of young men and women helped defeat a power-brokered boardroom plan to bring the Olympics to Boston was just as huge an upset. . . . And No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch shows that it was just as meaningful, too.”

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