Two of America's most notable cities won't be Olympic venues, at least not in 2024.
New York City and Philadelphia have both declined the opportunity to bid on the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. The reasons are not dissimilar to those put forth by the many cities dropping out of the running for the 2022 Games: too much cost, not enough return on investment.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio this week formally ruled out any possibility of the city seeking a 2024 bid. New York had tried unsuccessfully for the 2012 Games, and members of that bidding team had sought to sway the mayor and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take another run at the five rings.
In declining to pursue a bid, New York City deputy mayor for housing and economic development Alicia Glen defended the city's decision in the most New York way possible, smacking down the very idea behind hosting an Olympics: recognition and tourism. "Very few people would say that New York City is not quote on the map and is not a majorRead More »from New York, Philadelphia decline opportunity to bid for 2024 Olympics