Of course I might just like to complain because…well, here I go again. But I think it is more accurate to say that Minnesotans are good at creating complaint-worthy ideas. So, yes…here we go again…
What is it that makes us stupid when it comes to common sense decisions? Currently Minneapolis leaders support the current Metrodome site as the preferred choice for a new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis. An interesting choice, and if you think about this, you might wonder whether Minneapolis’s leaders spend any time in Minneapolis.
Look at the Metrodome site. Is it surrounded by thousands of parking spaces? No. Is it located at the nexus of regional transit systems leading into the city? No. Did it stimulate urban development? No. Is it within the core of the city’s growing entertainment, loding, and business district? No.
Look at the Twins stadium. Is it surrounding by thousands of parking spaces? Yes. Is it located at the nexus of regional transit systems leading into the city? Yes. Did it stimulate urban development? Yes. Is it within the core of the city’s growing entertainment, lodging, and business district? Yes.
So by all means, let’s repeat the mistakes of the Metrodome, dilute the value of the city’s success, and build another stadium in the relatively depressed Metrodome district.
Look, if we’re going to squander taxes to subsidize a profitable industry like the NFL, let’s do something that makes the most sense for the tax payers forced to subsidize the millionaires and billionaires. If you can find some benefit from being fleeced, why not take it?
The Twins received taxpayer support, but in exchange the city and businesses in the city got the benefit of a substantial economic development in the city’s business district. Downtown Minneapolis is more vibrant as a result. Moreover the costs of existing assets like parking and transportation are distributed across more activity in the area; we didn’t have to rebuild 394 or thousands of parking spaces.
Here’s an idea: Let’s build a stadium where it belongs, in a district that will benefit by a major entertainment asset, and then GIVE Zygi Wilf the Metrodome site. Yes, why not? Zygi clearly wants land to develop — he is is leveraging the Vikings for land assets in Arden Hills and supposed to be a talented developer– so why not let him take a shot at the valuable, but under-utilized, space around the Dome? I would think that space has at least as much potential as an abandon patch of suburban land. Let him get at it.
But for crying out loud…let’s not waste squandered, extorted tax dollars on a development that doesn’t fit the proven success of what’s already working in Minneapolis!
- Governor sets deadline for Vikes stadium plans (espn.go.com)
- Why Arden Hills is the Vikings’ Choice for a New Stadium… (alittletourinyellow.wordpress.com)
- L.A. Still Wants An NFL Team, But It Looks Like It Won’t Be The Vikings (businessinsider.com)