No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch
Chris Dempsey and Andrew ZimbalistCloth: $27.95
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|Cloth Publication Date:||05/02/2017|
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Dempsey and Zimbalist review how a group of concerned citizens drove the Olympics from Boston, and offer other cities reasons and strategies for doing the same.
No Boston Olympics serves a larger purpose than storytelling. It is a primer on how an alert, educated, energetic group of citizens can challenge the plans, the arrogance, the misrepresentations and the power of wealthy businesspeople and politicians. The people opposing the Boston Olympic bid demonstrated that real information could triumph over the empty promises of a group of people determined to enhance their own power, wealth and prestige while sticking the public with the bill.
--Bill Littlefield, WBUR
A story of how a scrappy grassroots movement beat a strapping, well-armed initiative.
--Pomona College Magazine
The book provides a generalizable warning for government officials and a blueprint for those hell-bent on political or social change.
No Boston Olympics and its authors demonstrate that facts plus argument plus organization are potent enough to stop the Olympic juggernaut. Think what else they still might do. . . . This is real populism.
--David Goldblatt, author of The Games: A Global
CHRIS DEMPSEY is a former Bain & Co. consultant and former Massachusetts assistant secretary of transportation, and was a cofounder and leader of No Boston Olympics. ANDREW ZIMBALIST is the Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College. He is the author of many books, including Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble behind Hosting the Olympics and World Cup and May the Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy, and coauthor of The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball and others.