11/26/2010

Sports stadium development: the end of an era?

In Ballpark, Stadium and Arena Development: How NOT to do it the Hard Way, Christopher Bakes, Scott Anders and Jeremy Vermilyea take issue with a recent Wall Street Journal article that declared the end to the Golden Age of public construction of sports facilities. They say
There never was a Golden Age of stadium construction. . . . The key point missed by The Wall Street Journal is why so many stadium proposals became — and continue to become — problematic in the first place. It has far less to do with public funding than it does with good governance and public engagement, or (more likely) the lack of public engagement. . . . Voters don't reject great ideas, they reject great ideas that aren't carefully explained to them.