Comment 28904

By jason (registered) | Posted February 20, 2009 at 16:58:42

I realize Capitalist won't read this, but for the rest of the participants who are interested, I don't think it's fair to compare a new mixed-use facility with an 80 year old stadium that was built east of the core in a residential neighbourhood.
As for Copps, those of us who live, work and play in this "slum" downtown see the spinoffs every single night when there is an event. Look at all the Bulldog jerseys in Waltz or Toby's before a game, or in Hess Village or Acclamation after a game. A few weeks ago there was a concert at Copps. I (not realizing this) went to grab a bite to eat at Harvest Burger. The line up was out the door with about 200 people waiting to order. I couldn't believe it.

Also, some basic research of other cities - San Diego, Baltimore, Cleveland, Toronto etc....shows quite clearly that built properly, a stadium absolutely attracts development and surrounding businesses. Those of us who are not anti-business like Capitalist (whatever sense that makes) are excited by the potential to bring new business and development to the huge swath of land north of Barton from Bay to Dundurn Castle.

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