...this municipal auditorium plan has gone from limburger to munster. James Gill weighs in:
Patronage of the arts -- Nagin and the Municipal Auditorium: James Gill
I was pretty much dead on that they're planning on using federal and state tax dollars to create a recording studio, audio/video production house, etc. which would most likely put a number of local businesses out of business. Word is they've even struck a deal with this company:
...out of Nashville to come in and set up shop. Here's a good question, "How did they strike a deal with these guys before they got the bid?" This company's presence alone would destroy a handful of local businesses who have been struggling to survive in Post-K New Orleans.
So I would like to see Juneau and Mayfield stand in front of these struggling New Orleans business owners and justify how they're about to use their own tax dollars to put them out of business.....I cry bullshit.
Something tells me this thing will end up being another anchor around the city's neck. Plus a 50 year lease? No frikkin' way.
City council needs to put the kabosh on this. Send it back to the kitchen and see what the next administration cooks up.