Edmonton rejects Oiler [Arena] bid for more taxpayer dollars
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09-20-2012, 03:32 PM
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To be honest this is a red herring in this debate. Part of the reason why the cost is estimated at $450M is because construction costs in Alberta are extremely high. It is doubtfull that you could build the MTS center in Edmonton for much less than $400M. And if you are going to build something with a 40 year life span you are almost always better to build it the way you want it to begin with.
Well, many tax-paying Edmontonians don't see this as a red herring, but as a very real issue that involved their money (myself included), and now city council are starting to understand this perspective as well, thankfully.
Red Herring? Not so much. You can still get a world-class arena for a smaller pricetag. There is absolutely no need for this thing to be a ****ing granduous legacy project like Katz's wants, and not at our expense.
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