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RE “Finding the story to win the Games” by Mark Arsenault (Page A1, March 15): The big news? Winning the bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics will require a successful “narrative,” and there are consultants who specialize in crafting them. Please.

Boston’s real narrative lies in the fact that the city is vulnerable to rising seas and intensifying storms.

Our hills were scraped to create low-lying land for development. Most of Chelsea, much of the Financial District, the Back Bay, the South End, Chinatown, the Seaport District, the flats of Charlestown, Beacon Hill, Roxbury, Dorchester, and Southie — and most of the proposed Olympic sites — are barely above sea level. The region’s central transportation nodes are below it.

If you think 9 feet of snow was tough, imagine 15 feet of storm surge.

Instead of contributing to the shoehorning of media, academic, and philanthropic resources into a single event in hurricane season nine years hence, the Globe could be doing more to help Boston become the world’s most climate-resilient city and a magnet for innovation, innovators, and next-wave jobs.


As things stand, the looming lost decade may be Boston’s undoing.

Charlotte Kahn