Comment 54127

By Tartan Triton (anonymous) | Posted December 31, 2010 at 06:08:32

I'd be interested to see where Councillor Craven got his projection numbers from. Not only is it coincidentally the same number as the current maximum seating permissible for an arena or stadium build on the King Road site (a hitch nobody seems to mention), but it also amounts to something like thirty 300-person companies, or a third of the entire Ward 1 population – an ambitious number for such a compact parcel of land (bearing in mind the inefficient land use norms typical for the area).

Even if you assume that Craven has inflated his number several-fold, however, a best-case break-even stadium would obviously come at the cost of displacing an untold number of (potentially high-value) jobs and firms that could be generating prestige as well as plumping the tax base for a community legendarily allergic to tax levies. There will be no room for blue-sky numbers, and appeals to nostalgia will find little to no traction. Doug Rye certainly has his work cut out for him.

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