Rick, Newark is far too smart to fall for snake oil like the A’s proposal. There’s a reason why Dave Smith is on his sixteenth consecutive term as Mayor, and a lot of it has to do with not insulting the intelligence of his constituency. Give the people what they want and they’ll keep voting you back in. So far, Newark’s got NewPark, Silliman Center, and an Ohlone campus that you don’t have to be a mountain goat to get to. All with no need for Newark citizens to form their own FCN.
Call me a realist, but I don’t consider Newark “smart”, nor do I think San Jose’s downtown offers many options beyond getting ushered out of SOFA real quick after 1 pm. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then perhaps you shouldn’t be offering up SJ as a destination for the A’s.
Here is an interesting article that discusses the incestuous relationship between the public media and stadium development.
The authors site bias (imagine that !) from media coverage of these kinds of proposed developments and explains that -
“This bias usually takes the form of uncritically parroting stadium proponents’ economic and social promises, quoting stadium supporters far more frequently than stadium opponents, overlooking the numerous objective academic studies on the topic, and failing to independently examine the multitude of failed stadium-centered promises throughout the country, especially those in oft-cited “success cities” such as Denver and Cleveland.”
It would seem that those who have a critical eye on stadium economics can not only rely on owners and developers, but now (according to this article) the public media to substantiate economic advantages of stadiums while these same self-interested groups will consistantly ignore routinely avaialable data to the contrary.