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  •  How much of the sports arena funding (0+ / 0-)

    coming from city funds?

    The context is that my understanding is that most of it is from state (or other) sources, thus for anyone who wants to see Detroit do well, this should be lauded rather than dissed.

    •  About 44% is coming from public funds (2+ / 0-)
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      provided by both the city & state.

      However as the nation article points out, Detroit already has two new Sports Complexes, Comerica Park for the Tigers (built and opened in 2000 for $300 million, 38 percent of which was publicly financed.) who were swept in the World Series Last year and the Lion's Ford Field (opened in 2002 at a cost of $430 million, 36 percent of which was publicly financed by the same Wayne County tourist tax and payments from the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan).  

      Neither have solved the cities financial problems.

      •  That's a tough one (0+ / 0-)

        However based on the precedent of other cities (Baltimore, Denver, the Twin Cities, MN (etc)) it seems like a fairly widely accepted strategy that holding on to sports franchises is not a completely idiotic strategy.

        Which makes some sense - for example, if there is a desire to attract suburbanites into the city to attend the games, it seems like a natural corollary that you don't let policing and crime control totally go to the dogs . .. . .

        •  I don't see it as a tough problem. (0+ / 0-)

          Who's going to move to Detroit if they don't have any job prospects there and have to live in a place where feral packs of dogs roam the streets?  Where the education system's apparently shit, and where they're selling city services and planning on selling what cultural artifacts are left?  Just so that they can live somewhere where there are three major sports stadiums?

          Somehow, I don't think this is going to help the city any, other than how it'll employ a small handful of people at the new stadium.  Has anyone done a real ROI study on the city's investment?  Somehow I don't really see it making its money back.  Historically, Detroit keeps sinking money into expensive projects that it thinks will help improve the city, but which don't actually address the problems causing people to get the hell out of Detroit if they have any chance to.

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