Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling

Tom the Dancing Bug

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  1. androgenoide

    androgenoide said, over 2 years ago

    Sports doesn’t do anything for me. If it were for my benefit it would be a waste of money to spend a dime of public money on a stadium or even school sports teams. I do understand that it’s important to some others, though, and I’m willing to chip in my fair share as long as those others do the same when it comes to things I think are important such as academics and humanities.

  2. puddleglum1066

    puddleglum1066 said, over 2 years ago

    Pro sports is a TV show. If some other town wants to bankrupt itself building a new studio for this show, let ’em. It looks the same on my screen…

  3. ehtaniguchi

    ehtaniguchi said, over 2 years ago

    I hope they read this in Sacramento, where they’re gearing up to build a $477 million arena for the Kings. Over half will be paid by the city, which during the recession had six unemployed workers for every available job in the area and was hit by a record number of foreclosures. (Fewer homeowners = fewer property taxes paid into the city’s coffers.) They also evicted and seized the land of the Macy’s department store downtown, where they plan to build the arena, after claiming they would build it in a depressed area that was in desperate need of development. Their basketball player mayor, Kevin Johnson, is convinced the arena will bring jobs and more money to downtown, but it has yet to be proved that any sports venue has paid back what it cost to build it. More typically, they create ghost towns when games aren’t playing at home.

  4. jtpozenel

    jtpozenel said, over 2 years ago

    Well, that worked out for everyone!

  5. PossumPete

    PossumPete said, over 2 years ago

    If I’m not mistaken, the Kings were being shopped around not too long ago. They even did a dog & pony show here in Va. Beach.

    No “big league” teams here so there’s slightly less crime. We’ve got that going for us!

  6. Rrhain

    Rrhain said, over 2 years ago


    While I generally agree with you, Petco Park in San Diego is an exception. It was built at a cost of about $500M and has generated $2B in investments in the area. The East Village of San Diego is now actually a quite popular place to be.

    That said, there are special aspects that help: The Convention Center (where Comic-Con is taking place as we speak) is literally across the street, it’s close to downtown and is the southern border of the Gaslamp Quarter.

    The timing of its construction helped, too. We got in right before the collapse of redevelopment in California.

    Now the Chargers want a new stadium…right after the city already spent hundreds of millions of dollars to renovate Jack Murphy stadium (renamed Qualcomm when the city had trouble with financing). They cite the success of Petco as an example, but the specifics aren’t the same: Mission Valley isn’t the same as downtown. You can walk from Petco to any number of hotels, restaurants, and storefronts. While there’s a trolley stop at the Qualiseum, you’re never going to walk to or from there. In order to leverage a similar success story, they’d have to turn East Mission Valley into another city center and there’s no desire for such.

  7. Ladybug20

    Ladybug20 said, over 2 years ago

    Ask ANYONE paying taxes in Glendale, AZ how they feel about the stadium(s) being built there now. Unlucky Saps! What a cluster that has been for them! It truly is a ghost town when nothing is there. It’s built up with stores and restaurants, out in the middle of nowhere. The Coyotes Hockey club has been in the news more times than I can count for the risk of having it sold and moved out. It has become practically a blackmail tool.

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