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Corporate Welfare Moms

Posted by clubsodaandsalt on January 11, 2004

Reason has a great article on the stupidity of publicly funded stadia. This is a pet peeve of mine, and I’ve posted about it before. I just don’t understand why everyone seems convinced that (1) sports facilities are the BEST way to revitalize neighbourhoods and (2) the government should shell outr tons of money with few conditions to build said complexes. It’s out and out welfare. Why couldn’t the government build some other entertainment facility to revive an area, like a museum or aquarium or concert hall or park or whatever? It’s not that I’m hostile to sports, I’m just hostile to giving cash to the kinds of dickheads who tend to own sports franchises. Also, the article points out that Pac Bell Park, which has revived its San Fran district and is a favourite example used by those who support this sort of thing, was privately funded.

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