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" And there is not a lot of money in it to begin with. You have to have the hotel and restaurant space to make it work.”
This spells millions of tax $$$$$$$$ of local corporate welfare in order for motel/hotel owners to make money. Motels/hotels will be mostly empty 5 days a week and sometimes 7 days a week in Lawrence,Kansas.
There are actually THREE different proposals around Wichita for similar centers (two in addition to the one identified in the article.)
These rec centers are like the outlet malls of several years ago. When they first appeared they were very popular and did quite well. Then the sprang up like mushrooms after a rain, and lost their unique quality, hence the 2 failures in Lawrence and others across the country. We're in the process of building a future white elephant. Let's stick to a very good community rec center near Free State .
"City officials commissioned a study"
Thats like your mother commissioning a study on you, guess how that comes out.
This article and others like it make it clear that this project is not designed as a place for people to go and get some exercise. It is an entertainment facility, like the high school football fields, and it is designed to make money for developers, hotel and restaurant owners, etc.
All opinions are welcomed but think its time for a different opinion to be added to the comments section of the LJWorld. I think what really would give this project legs is the one thing the city has to offer that none of these other competing towns do: KU. KU has hosted the Jayhawk Invitational for many years, and did so in town for many years until the tournament outgrew Lawrence's facilities. Teams were playing in every gym around town along with Haskell and Eudora. Lawrence couldn't support it so it had to move. Why move it out of town? Now that the gym space will be available it will come back to its rightful place in Lawrence along with many others to follow. This is why people are betting on this project to succeed because the precedent is already there.
But the biggest reasons tournaments like these will always come to Lawrence is the basketball tradition. People love to see the St Andrews of modern basketball, Allen Fieldhouse. They. Want to see Naismiths grave. They will want to see the original rules of basket ball (now that they are in town) and they will want to explore the booth hall of athletics. Now, kids will want to compete here. Some of the best players in the country compete in the Jayhawk invitational but now the tournament was moved to kc so those players aren't exploring Lawrence or spending their money here anymore. Volleyball, soccer, girls basketball will follow and people will fall I love with this community for the same reasons we all did.
Too bad that KUs Rock Chalk Park cannot be on the tax rolls! Feel the pain!
Obama has printed trillions for his central bank cronies. Why doesn't he print a few trillion for the rest of us? Why are there any taxes at all when he can print all he wants?
What a waste of money and focus.
It is amazing that we are in a recession and everyone is spending money on these things. If they want to spend money, there are many other things to spend it on.
Put it to a vote--
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