Thursday, August 18, 2005

Arena Report: Downtown

Pizzuti released its Phase 2 Study and a Pro Forma on new arena construction. It appears downtown is the call. I've got decidedly mixed feelings about it. Voters endorsed an East Side location, and its where I have encouraged investors to invest - but its private money that will enable us to build the thing, and the money leads Pizzuti to its conclusion on downtown. I want to see it built and be successful with hockey and concerts and basketball - it'd be a huge shot in the arm for downtown. I also want to insure that the Marina District succeeds, that the east bank of the Maumee gets its due.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Sepp said...

Downtown would seem the logical location. (Geez did we really need a consultant to tell us that?) Tie it all in with the ballpark and the riverfront and we may just have something that wakes up the area.

5:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Downtown--logical and great choice.

6:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that was money poorly spent IMO>

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Downtown is where it should go -- no doubt about it.

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fine, we're in agreement. But until something happens its still just talk.

What has it been, 4 different announcements as to what's gonna be done with Southwyck? ...And still we wait...

Billy

3:48 PM  
Blogger Subcomandante Bob said...

Carty and I were scouting arena sites a few months ago.

I just had the Fleetwood freshly vacuumed, and pulled all the liquor bottles out from under the seats. I picked him up at Channel 13, and the C-man climbed in with fifth of Johnny Walker Black.

My experience has always been that bad things happen when you mix JWB and high-strung people. I started to tell him to switch to something lighter, but there is no stopping the C-man when he gets an idea.

We crossed the King Bridge and looked at the area around the current arena. C-man wanted no part of that:

"Listen, whoever shells out the cash can put the god-d**n thing wherever they want," he said, taking a mighty pull from the bottle. "And joke 'em if they can't take a f**k."

As we drove back across the river, the C-man got the bright idea to start shooting out streetlights. Standing in the back of the convertible Caddy, he was hollering like a Texas Republican, and he managed to obliterate four lights in 60 seconds.

Not bad for a guy who just recently got his CCW permit, but there is no way I am letting that crazy SOB in my car with whiskey again, unless I watch him pop a few Valium first.

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang on to your wallets.

Without basketball, the arena will be a boondoggle.

The Toledo Storm play in a goon hockey league. Any team whose fans stand until the first fight begins is not a good "anchor" tenant.

Monster trucks and Discover on Ice?

I smell a Portside boondoggle of massive proportions.

6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the true calling of politicians these days: devise ways to use tax dollars to subsidize private sports ventures (see, ripoff).

Franklin Delano Roosevelt must be spinning in his grave.

6:17 AM  
Blogger simeontalley said...

Interesting debate last night. Ford did well. In my opinion which is biased he performed the best. But objectively speaking, Cary didnt necessarily do anything to hurt himself considering he was the leader in the latest public poll released.

5:48 PM  
Blogger historymike said...

I would not put much stock in the results of that poll. There is no way Carty has a 22-point lead in a 4-person race.

All that reflects is his high name recognition. I think that all 4 major candidates will pull between 20% and 30% by September 13.

Also, the 5.7% margin of error and the 300-person sample size make the results almost meaningless, other than to say that Carty has the early lead.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

HistorMike is right. Heavy turnout in primarily AA precincts aren't reflected in the numbers - bad news for Keith Wilkowski. Carty'll never get 50% on 9/13 nor 11/8.

6:21 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Dear Jim,

Your post has been deleted because you violated one of the few rules I have - no belittling nicknames. You are welcome to repost your thoughts.

Thanks, Frank

12:12 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

By the way, I consider Subcomandante Bob's use of the nickname "C-man" as homage.

12:15 AM  
Blogger Subcomandante Bob said...

Yep, love the C-man. Guy gives a whole new meaning to the term "Carty Party," let me tell you.

5:46 PM  

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