With an official bid in place for the 2024 Olympics, Boston may be next in line to host the summer games.

But the proposal is controversial. It raises questions about escalating costs, infrastructure improvements, and the city’s ability to accommodate and transport thousands of visitors, all while ensuring long-term benefits for residents.

On March 17, you’ll have the chance to hear both sides of the debate. A panel discussion—hosted by Suffolk University’s Center for Real Estate and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board—will address the opportunities and challenges of improving Boston’s transportation and infrastructure for the Summer Olympics.

“This forum will open up a dialogue between community members and leaders. It’s imperative that we understand the potential opportunities and hurdles as Boston continues to move forward with the Olympics bid,” says Richard Taylor, director of Suffolk’s Center for Real Estate.

The discussion is free and runs from 7:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at Suffolk’s C. Walsh Theatre on 55 Temple Street. RSVP online.

Speakers

  • Richard Davey, CEO, Boston 2024

    Richard Davey, the former Secretary and CEO of the state Department of Transportation, is the new CEO for Boston 2024, the nonprofit organizing committee currently spearheading efforts to bring the Summer Olympics to Boston. He will discuss how the city of Boston can leverage the Olympics to support long-term improvements in Boston’s infrastructure and transportation.

  • Chris Dempsey, Co-Chair, No Boston Olympics

    Chris Dempsey is co-chair of No Boston Olympics and the former assistant secretary of transportation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he co-founded and ran the MBTA's open-data initiative. Dempsey will address the enormous transportation and infrastructure constraints of hosting the Olympics. He argues that winning the bid could hurt Boston’s economy and divert attention and resources away from more pressing issues.

  • Peter Zuk, Principal, Zuk International

    Peter Zuk is an internationally recognized construction expert who was involved in planning activities for London 2012 Olympics. He will compare Boston’s public transportation to the London Underground and address preparation needs.

  • Jeanne DuBois, Strategic Advisor, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation

    Jeanne Dubois is the strategic advisor for the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation in North Dorchester, a diverse, low-income mixed neighborhood in Boston. She will focus on the potential benefits that the Olympics could bring to Boston’s neighborhoods.

  • Alex Krieger, FAIA Principal, NBBJ, Professor of Urban Design Harvard Graduate School of Design

    Alex Krieger will discuss his proposal for the Urban Ring—a public transportation arc that would connect Columbia Point to Dudley Square, the Longwood Medical Center to Brookline Village, and Allston to Harvard Square and Somerville. He argues that Urban Ring would be beneficial for both the Olympics and Boston residents.

  • James Aloisi, Principal, Pemberton Square Group

    James Aloisi is a principal in the Pemberton Square Group, a Boston-based strategic consulting firm. Aloisi was a partner at two of Boston’s most highly regarded law firms, Hill & Barlow and Goulston & Storrs, where he built a sought-after public law and policy practice based on his reputation for problem solving and crisis management. He was a central figure in the establishment of the Metropolitan Highway System and the creation of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. He served as Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation in the Patrick Administration’s first term and was a member of the Massachusetts Transportation Finance Commission. Aloisi is the author of three books, most recently The Vidal Lecture, and he is a regular contributor to Commonwealth Magazine.

  • Peter Howe, Business Editor, NECN

    Peter Howe, business editor for NECN, will moderate the discussion. He hosts NECN's CEO Corner interview show and appears each Sunday on This Week in Business with co-hosts Mike Nikitas, NECN anchor, and Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce president Paul Guzzi. He also reports NECN's weekly Money Saving Mondays consumer advice feature and is a frequent host or panel moderator for business and economic forums.