Bostonians Take To Twitter To Voice Outrage Over 2024 Olympics Bid
Earlier this month, Boston was named the official U.S. nominee to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Despite what Mayor Marty Walsh and the International Olympic Committee might want you to believe, the seemingly exciting news isn’t sitting well with many in the city. A new poll conducted by WBUR, Boston’s public radio station, found that only half of the city’s residents are in favor of hosting the games—by contrast, 68 percent of Londoners reportedly supported the 2012 Summer Olympics. In fact, 33 percent of Bostonians actively oppose the Olympics, citing concerns like traffic congestion and increased taxes.
More than 2,000 naysayers have joined a Facebook group aptly titled “No Boston Olympics” to commiserate, but what’s the mood like on Twitter? We searched Olympics-related tweets geotagged within Boston and its immediate suburbs and found that, for the most part, morale is undeniably low.
A Red Sox fan took this opportunity to lament the loss of pitcher Jon Lester to the Cubs.
A disgruntled T passenger shared this unflattering photo of a Green Line train.
And this resident proved herself to be a master of understatement.
Some of their neighbors were more ambivalent.
But our very favorite display of Olympic dissidence to date took place at Cambridge’s 1369 Coffee House.