It’s interesting to see the misinformation that sometimes comes out of the various MAPS 3 meetings. One bit of misinformation is the implication that the convention center subcommittee somehow agreed that the streetcar system is a lower priority than the convention center and isn’t as important to economic development.
I was there. I didn’t see or hear that. Instead I saw a constituency that, right or wrong, was upset their project was scheduled last. They debated over whether projects with less economic impact were getting a higher priority. Only one person briefly mentioned the street car in a list of items that they questioned has as much impact as the convention center. There was no sweeping indictment by the subcommittee or its members that streetcars have no economic impact, or that the project isn’t as important as the convention center.
Expect similar debates to follow. There are those who would like to see the white water rapids venue on the river sped up for economic development reasons. I’m sure we’ll see pressure elsewhere. Pitty ADG’s Mike Mize and the city’s Eric Wenger, who will have to navigate their way through these choppy waters.