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10-25-2012, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Mayor Bee View Post
It's funny to think that this is the worst thing imaginable, when:

1) The state of Ohio floated $15 million to Ohio State for "architectural surveys/studies" for Value City Arena, but rejected $1 million for feasibility studies to see if a non-campus arena would be doable.

2) Huntington Park was unilaterally decided on behind closed doors, without a public referendum, with no apparent backlash. And it was put right next to an arena and district that the city/county never really wanted in the first place.
Honestly, I think the only reason we notice any sort of "backlash" against the Nat is because we're paying attention. I've seen folks complain about Huntington Park repeatedly - especially the contractor bidding. But they're kind of on the fringe.

Then again, I also like to think of it this way:
* Public funding for an arena has been rejected repeatedly by Franklin County voters.
* A casino in the area has ALSO been rejected repeatedly by Franklin County voters.
* There is now a casino here, and we have been unable to stop it coming here - the rest of the state generously outvoted us. Nonetheless, it provides additional funds.
* Those additional funds are being spent on the arena.

So why kvetch specifically about the arena, to the exclusion of all else?

I know, I know, I'm asking extremists to make sense... silly viqsi...

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