Other than some vague talk about how it’ll be one of the least expensive Olympics evah (suuuure) and the city of Boston won’t be on the hook for anything (when pigs fly), there’s been very little talk about specifics coming out of the Boston Olympic Planning Committee so far.
There is an exception, though, and that’s the idea of where that 60,000 seat stadium could go.
And it’s at the New Boston Food Market, home to 700 working class jobs — workers who put food on our tables and keep restaurants across the region, small and large, stocked.
It’s a billion dollar a year economic cooperative, centrally located so you can have your fish and meat fresh as can be.
So of course it’s on the chopping block.
Bear in mind that it’s a cooperative with many different partners who would all have to unanimously agree to sell. They haven’t in the past, despite many offers.
The Olympic Planning Committee’s PR team were quick to say that they don’t have definitive locations set yet, so nothing to see here, folks… move along.
But where else would the big stadium go?
Given Boston’s lack of square footage and high density, there aren’t a whole lot of areas that could fit a 60,000 seat stadium — doubly so when Boston’s bid is being built as a “walkable” Olympics.
Is there even a single, solitary other location that would hit all the bullet points of being near hotels, public transportation and walkable to other key Boston destinations? Short of Boston knocking down another whole End, my guess is not.
I think we can all see where this is going here. Two words, first begins with an E and second with a D.
The planning committee is salivating over this land right now, like a juicy steak one of these 700 workers may have prepared for them. Scooping up this land would be all too easy using eminent domain — and they could probably do it for cents on the dollar.
So, fellow Massachusetts residents, what’s more important to our region? The livelihood of 700 people and our food infrastructure — or a 60,000 seat white elephant no one will use before or after the Olympics?
Is anyone on the Boston planning committee asking themselves that?
What other thriving businesses and areas will the planning committee consider seizing by eminent domain for a two week party?
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