So is there any chance that planners will give up on redevelopment-through-megaprojects? The stadiums, convention centers and big-ticket transit and road projects that have been guiding revitalization schemes for decades? I see no reason to think so. But just in case you do, here's an interesting editorial from the Erie Times-News (registration required):
How will Erie County spend the money? That is the $11 million question that regional leaders must answer correctly.
Gaming revenues from Presque Isle Downs & Casino are producing dollars in numbers that far exceed expectations.
As the slot-machine buttons are pushed and the buses continue to pack the casino's parking lot, Erie County Council is taking the first steps toward creating the mechanism to spend these millions.
Here are the two words that must drive the process: think big.
Yes. Always. Think big.
Someone mentioned this to me a while ago, but I think it would be worth exploring: To what extent to editorial boards at major metropolitan dailies support the stadium and arena and convention center deals that consume so many hundreds of millions of dollars? I have never lived in a city in which the biggest daily opposed such plans, at least on a consistent basis.