Corey Dinopoulos is a designer at Fidelity and a co-founder of the Boston 2024 Olympic bid committee. He wrote this letter on Monday to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, after Walsh refused to sign a guarantee to underwrite Olympic cost overruns. Walsh’s move immediately preceded the collapse of Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid.
Dear Mayor Walsh,
Three years ago after the flame was put out at the London 2012 Games, I began drafting letters to Boston City Hall & elected officials at the state house. My hopes were high; to bring a Summer Olympics to our city.
With steadfast determination and belief in my cause, the opportunity for our city became a reality. Support was garnered, a team was formed and three years later, Boston was chosen as the U.S. bid city by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
The journey hasn’t always been easy and like any big project, there were some growing pains. I know as well as you do that good things don’t come easily. From day one, you had an open mind and you embraced an idea that many find unimaginable. I wanted to personally say thank you for being a fearless leader and supporting Boston’s Olympic movement.
Let’s show the City of Boston that dreams can be realized and that when we work together as a community, we can do anything we put our heart into.
As a co-founder of the organization, I too believe in the opportunities for Boston. After traveling to cities around the world, I always come back home and feel thankful for where I live, work and play. We don’t need the Olympics to be great; we already are. But we cannot be complacent in a fast changing world. Boston desperately needs to modernize its infrastructure & transportation. We need to ensure that our residents can live affordability & have access to good paying jobs. Whether we get the Olympics or not, I would like to present a challenge: to ensure that all of the wonderful ideas from the Olympic conversation are implemented with a plan for completion by 2024. For example, improving our underfunded green space, improving traffic flows & transportation, or building new affordable & transit oriented development. Let’s show the City of Boston that dreams can be realized and that when we work together as a community, we can do anything we put our heart into.
I appreciate all that you do for our city, and I look forward to seeing more positive change in the years to come.
Co-Founder, Boston 2024
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