I DON’T see what the Globe hopes to prove by holding up Barcelona as an example of a city with a successful Olympic legacy (“Barcelona’s Olympic makeover may hold lessons for Boston,” Page A1, Nov. 27).

From the article’s description, Barcelona before the Olympics was nothing like Boston. We are no longer an “industrial backwater,” having revived and redefined the regional economy over several decades. Granted, the city still has problems — education and affordable housing come to mind — but it’s hard to see how hosting the Olympics would help the city solve any of its difficulties.

If the Globe wants to persuade readers that the Olympics would be a boon to the city, it had better find relevant examples.


Mike Campbell