It's not progress if we can't afford it
The mayor's pleading also says "Ultimately the project will lead to more tax revenues." But that's the same promise made in 2006 when this downtown thing started. "Ultimately" has been a long time coming. America is still swimming in debt. The nation and the state are bringing in far less revenue than projected back then. So is MLT, but the calvary isn't coming.
Begging for outside help only creates a false hope that someone else will buy what we want for us. Meanwhile the total bill for all the grandiose dreams within the 2007 Town Center Plan is growing ever larger. That includes the still far too expensive $25 million Civic Center Complex which will come to a vote for a third time in April. So far the dreams have been heavy on cost with very little verifiable benefit.
It isn't progress if we can't afford it.