The news came out last week that a new building is planned immediately adjacent to the right field side of Greensboro's downtown stadium. It would create a cool view that evokes in some respects Baltimore's Camden Yards:
I like baseball as much as the next guy. In fact, I was at the Grasshoppers' game on Saturday night.
Of course, Allen Johnson thinks the plan is wonderful.
But I could not help but wonder how this was made to happen. Then I stumbled upon a copy of the Rhino Times. John Hammer gave us the rest of the story:
John Martin, managing partner of GEMCAP, said that having the city commit to building a parking deck across the street was a key piece of the puzzle, making it possible to go forward with the project...
Martin said that Zack Matheny, president of Downtown Greensboro, Inc., was instrumental in helping them put together the pieces that would make the deal work.
Of course, Roy Carroll's new hotel is directly across the street also. It will be one of at least four new hotels downtown being developed in the absence of any real driver for increased demand for hotel rooms in Greensboro.
These projects all fit together, hand in glove. The city's taxpayers pay for construction of the parking garages and other items-- here and in other parts of downtown-- to facilitate private development projects.
It is all very expensive. But it is critically necessary to serve the ideology of downtown idolatry that prevails among the local media/left complex. The corrupt machine politics we have in Greensboro is, in fact, a form of crony socialism.
And of course, Zack Matheny is smack in the middle of it. It seems that every time he belches, it costs the taxpayers millions. The alcohol has merely spurred him to belch more often.
I will enjoy the view at the ballpark. But that does not make the whole thing right.