Which was not lost on Nutter.
"A big part of the location decision was what would happen afterward," he said. "Hosting the Games is great in and of itself, but they only last a couple weeks. . . . Hosting the Games has to serve as the catalyst for something long term, the rehabilitation of something."
Nutter formally notified the U.S. Olympic Committee in April that Philadelphia would like to be considered if the USOC decided to make a bid for the 2024 Games.
Philadelphia was among 35 cities the USOC invited to pitch for the Games.
Getting selected as the U.S. bid choice is the first hurdle the city must face, and it won't be easy. In 2006, the city swung and missed in an attempt to get the USOC's blessing to bid for the 2016 Summer Games, which eventually went to Rio.
Philadelphia's bid failed largely because the city was not widely known to international sports leaders, city officials concluded.
In the intervening years, Philadelphia has endeavored to rectify that even as it continued its cultural renaissance.
To raise its profile among the Olympic community, the city sought to host Olympic trials, successfully landing those for table tennis, fencing, gymnastics, and squash.
It has also sought to rebrand the city internationally as more than an old East Coast city with a lot of history.
Last year, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau introduce PHL as the city's logo on all its marketing material and efforts. The point is to take advantage of Philadelphia International Airport's call letters, already known by international travelers, visitors bureau president Jack Ferguson said.
Ferguson said the city, through its sports complexes, waterways, and colleges and universities, already has 27 of the 35 venues needed to hold a Summer Olympics.
Ferguson hopes an increased awareness of the city internationally will give it the boost it needs for 2024.
"The Olympics have been a rallying call for us," he said.