...for a change. Or at least something a little less misleading.
On January 10 the local daily paper referred to the chairman of the Stadium Building Authority as follows: "He said about 300 events will be held at the Convention Center, while the Colts will play about 10 games a year at the stadium."
Please note that he differentiates between the Convention Center and the stadium.
But he goes on to say: "With the parking, the bulk of the usage is not for the Colts at all, but for conventions and trade shows..."
Trade shows, maybe. But, is the gentleman asking us to believe that a significant number of "ordinary" conventions will have people come to town, park their car at and check in to hotels on the north side of the whole facility, then get back in their car and drive to the south side of the stadium for a function of their meeting?
Granted, it is going to be a long walk. In fact a Convention Center spokesman made the point some time ago that the space of the current dome was needed because people wouldn't walk around it to facilities which might be added south of it. The location of the new stadium is considerably farther away! It is hard to believe that Indianapolis will be an attractive location at all to conventioneers who will have either a very long walk or a short drive to get to their meetings.
But perhaps the real crux of the matter of parking spaces was discussed in the paper as far back as December 31. At that time, we were told, "As part of its agreement with the Colts the authority must provide 3,000 parking spaces." (Our underscore.) Just how does this relate to conventions and trade shows? Or does the authority, or the CIB, have other still unannounced plans for the land in question?
Can't we please be told the truth? It seems apparent that government has decided what it wants to do, continues to refuse serious consideration of alternatives and is ready to crush a thriving, taxpaying business because of an agreement entered into irresponsibly and without proper study of all factors involved.
Governor Daniels, it is well past time for your people to withdraw the eminent domain suit and to begin to negotiate reasonably and in good faith.