We love watching local opinion making in action and this time around we notice news "reporting" on "excitement" about downtown stadium ideas despite the fact that voters & taxpayers have been exceptionally hostile toward the idea.
However . . .
Everybody likes picking out news junk that they THINK they won't have to pay for . . .
Today's example . . .
“I think we’re there today, absolutely,” said Bill Dietrich, CEO of the Downtown Council of Kansas City, citing a baseball stadium’s potential to become an accelerant for new development on top of more than $9 billion in private dollars already invested.
“It’s a very different conversation because you are a much more mature and ready-to-go Downtown. Now, (a ballpark is) an additional amenity in an amenity-rich environment, whereas 15 to 20 years ago, you weren’t.”
For the uninitiated . . .
This is the classic "missing piece" gambit that developers also used to justify MILLIONS worth of taxpayer cash invested in a downtown convention hotel that now sits mostly empty after COVID has decimated sketchy plans.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link . . .
Chatter about the Kansas City Royals moving to a new downtown stadium isn't new. It's been a recurring hope for fans of the team - and of Downtown - for the past 20 years. But it's a whole new ballgame when it comes to the current discussion.