Thursday, December 21, 2006

Fort Wayne Downtown Development

Fort Wayne officials (Democrat and Republican) will be announcing their most recent scheme to re-develop downtown Fort Wayne at the expanded Grand Wayne Center this morning.

The Grand Wayne Center is the PERFECT location for them to announce their most recent plan to develop downtown Fort Wayne.

The Grand Wayne Center was expanded by stealing private property from successful local businesses in the name of "progress."

The Grand Wayne Center loses money every year and has drawn little or no new business to downtown Fort Wayne. The only accountants who think the the Grand Wayne Center is making money every year are those accountants directly employed by Fort Wayne. ANY independent accountant quickly comes to the conclusion that the Grand Wayne Center is losing money each and every year.

Today our Democratic and Republican elected officials will unite in a massive public ceremony. Arm in arm we will see both Democrats and Republicans in elected office trumpet their new downtown project and they will once again talk about how this project will re-vitalize downtown Fort Wayne.

Rumor has it that this project will involve a downtown baseball stadium, another government subsidized hotel in downtown Fort Wayne, and some retail facilities.

Many of you will read my blog and you will think to yourself that I am against all efforts at downtown redevelopment. That is NOT true.

I am against projects that will NOT improve downtown and that will waste tax dollars. This project certainly will NOT do any of the things "they" will promise.

I will discuss this announcement later today after the announcement...

I have to go and work...

Mike Sylvester

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is laughable.

From what I have read, you ARE totally against downtown development.

The status quo is just fine if you are a Libertarian...partly the reason why your party will never win anything.

LP Mike Sylvester said...

Anonymous said:

You may read the blog but you do not seem to understand my views about downtown Fort Wayne.

I am in favor of putting a casino downtown. A casiono would actually draw people to downtown Fort Wayne and would more then pay for itself.

I MIGHT be in favor of a multi-use sports facility. I would have to know more about it.

I am AGAINST putting a baseball stadium downtown...

Mike

Anonymous said...

HA HA HA! Laughable indeed.

When will the people that we allow to run our grubbermint (TPTWATROG) ever understand that in order to draw businesses into the city, they need to treat the business owners like adults, not children?

The discussion of a city smoking ban is a case in point. What sensible entrepreneur wants to operate in an environment where grubbermint *do-gooders* are mandating how this and that part of his business shall be run? Add a smoking section, cook your meat well done, put up signs, do this, do that. BLAH BLAH BLAH.

Here is a novel idea- how about a privately funded sports arena? The people that use it pay for it.

To the *Public Servants*- - -get out of people's private business, reduce taxes, respect the choices of others- even the bad choices that do no harm to others, respect private business. THEN you will see downtown development.

One rad lib

Jeff Pruitt said...

What EXACTLY will this plan accomplish? Give me measurables and then let's MEASURE THEM. This isn't that difficult. Will it increase tax revenue? Improve profitability of the local businesses? Increase hotel occupancy? Increase the number of conventions? Put some numbers to these claims and let's see what happens.

Of course this will never happen because then people could actually be held accountable for their decisions...

Anonymous said...

Problem is Jeff, after we measure the goals and find them to be wanting, we’ve already spent the money and their only other solution will be to build something else to draw a crowd.

Here is my problem...

1. There is no demand for hotel space. The Holiday Inn is being sold and the Hilton is vacant.

2. Baseball is great but...
a. In the words of Monty Python..."We already got one"....

and b... what about November, December, January, February, March and April.

I’m like Mike... Give me a casino or an all purpose stadium or....lets spend nothing and make it an office complex for lawyers accountants and liquor stores...(cause if I gotta go see my lawyer or accountant I need booze...)

Jeff Pruitt said...

Jon,

That is shortsighted. Forcing the city to define measurables will certainly shed light on where the plan's strengths and weaknesses are. It will allow the public to scrutinize certain assumptions and make decisions accordingly.

And if nothing else, it will give us something to point to in the future and say - "remember when you said this would be so great? Well we're not buying your latest "great" idea" or vice-versa. It's adds a level of accountability to the equation.

This is not new - it's essentially done everywhere but government...

Anonymous said...

I don’t really disagree with the measurability, and your right Government avoids it at all cost as it also comes with accountability. I think the mayor is close to a good idea, I am skeptical that more hotel space when their doesn’t appear to be demand for what we have now and a stadium that will only operate 6 months a year will provide the kind of draw Downtown Fort Wayne needs.

Anonymous said...

I don’t really disagree with the measurability, and your right Government avoids it at all cost as it also comes with accountability. I think the mayor is close to a good idea, I am skeptical that more hotel space when their doesn’t appear to be demand for what we have now and a stadium that will only operate 6 months a year will provide the kind of draw Downtown Fort Wayne needs.