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Almost two weeks after Boston was selected as the U.S. bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, we now have a glimpse of what the Games might actually look like here.
Boston 2024, the private nonprofit behind the city's bid, on Wednesday released the presentation materials it gave to the U.S. Olympic Committee during its pitch in December. The documents include renderings and information about possible venues, transportation planning and an estimated operating budget.
Architect David Manfredi, co-chair of Boston 2024's planning committee, and Paralympian
Cheri Blauwet went through the presentation at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Wednesday.
According to Manfredi, the group's plan relies on three major principles including: planning the Games into the city's future keeping 2030 in mind, partnering with local universities, and providing the best possible experience.
"We believe Boston is the right-sized city for the Games," Manfredi said.
Manfredi also said they want to plan the most walkable Olympics in modern times and leave a lasting legacy in the city. Boston 2024's plan calls for 28 of 33 Olympic venues to be within a 10 kilometer (6.2 miles) radius. Manfredi said their plan also calls for utilizing transportation and infrastructure projects that are already in the pipeline.
The Olympic venues and events would take place in two major clusters -- a waterfront cluster and a university cluster. The waterfront cluster includes South Boston and stretches to UMass Boston in Dorchester, where the Olympic village is planned. The university cluster would include parts of Cambridge, including Harvard University and MIT in addition to Boston University and the Beacon Park rail yards.
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