Boston‘s plans to build the most walkable Olympic Games in history will not come to fruition. On Monday, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and Boston 2024 jointly announced that they were dropping the city’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The surprising news came hours after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced that he would not sign a host city contract that could have left taxpayers on the hook for the the games’ cost overruns. “I refuse to mortgage the future of the city away,” said the mayor at a press conference. “I refuse to commit to signing a guarantee that uses taxpayer dollars to pay for the Olympics.”
With Boston out, the USOC is in a tight spot as it only has seven weeks to officially nominate another American city. The organization’s CEO is now looking pretty closely at Los Angeles.