After Boston dropped its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics on Monday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti quickly put out a statement expressing interest in the Games. Boston needs to be replaced as the American bid city for the games, and early speculation is that L.A. would be the replacement.
San Francisco could be in play too. The two big California cities competed for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s nod against Boston earlier this year and were finalists, along with Washington D.C., before Boston was the winner.
As readers here know, I’m a huge sports fan, but I’m decidedly not a fan of spending billions of dollars on pro sports teams and big sports events. But I have a soft spot for the Olympics – it has a meaning for the world that goes beyond dollars and cents. And the Olympics has been incredibly good to California and specifically Los Angeles. The 1932 and 1984 Games both continue to shape the city, mostly in positive ways. (I often drive home from work along Olympic Boulevard).