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Monday, June 06, 2005
Silver says no to stadium
According to New York Connection, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver voted no to the West Side stadium today, meaning the unanimous approval of the three-person committee needed to move forward will not be there, and the stadium looks dead in the water (though these things can change).

Good news for those of us who believe the money should be spent elsewhere, like perhaps giving teachers a contract and fixing the schools they teach in.
posted by CB @ 5:47 PM  
  • At 11:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So while I understand that the money for the stadium ought to be spent more wisely, on awesome things like teacher contracts and all that is good...there's some part of me that really wanted the Olympics to work out for New York in 2012. Long term, it could have provided support for development of Lower Manhattan, low-income housing, etc. Am I nuts to think that the vision was kind of cool?

  • At 7:30 AM, Blogger CB said…

    Yea, you are, for two main reasons: 1) NYC is a big longshot to get the Olympics, stadium or not. The IOC wants to give it to Paris. 2) Olympic development has been a disaster in Sydney and Greece, leaving a bunch of facilities that have no lasting use. There will not be money for lower Manhattan.

    Let's address priorities - and Lower Manhattan is one right now. As are schools.

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