Comment 43858

By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted July 22, 2010 at 11:54:49

Read the whole thing at and then came here.

I've said for years that downtown's decline has been a snowball effect, people leave, businesses leave, more people leave, more businesses leave, etc. etc. Undoing that is not easy, and it's not going to happen overnight. Unrolling that snowball (or jelly roll for a easier analogy) is a slow process, but can be done by getting more people downtown, which attracts more businesses, which attracts more people, which makes the area seem safter, which attracts more businesses, etc.

At some point, the process starts to roll down the other side of the hill, and that tipping point is this critical mass people are talking about. Will the stadium be what puts the downtown core over the edge? I honestly don't know. But what I do know is that the East Mountain Stadium will do the downtown no good at all.

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