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RENÉE LOTH

Boston’s Olympic-sized headache

Maybe Boston Mayor Tom Menino put the kibosh on the idea when he called it “far-fetched’’ this spring, but just in case, the candidates to succeed Menino ought to carefully scrutinize the city’s fledgling bid to host the Summer Olympics in 2024. After all, the exercise could cost hundreds of millions of dollars — and that’s if Boston loses. A successful bid, on the scale of Beijing’s in 2008, could cost upwards of $50 billion. Not to mention a trillion-dollar logistical headache.

Hosting the international sports extravaganza can stoke civic pride, jump-start infrastructure improvements, and have a knock-on economic effect, but the designation divides citizens as much as it unites, as anyone reading the angry graffiti in London last year can attest. “No Yuppie Games” was one of the more polite expressions.

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