Reasonable HardballTalk

One of my favorite national bloggers, Craig Calcaterra from the HardballTalk Blog, gives me a mention in discussing Tim Elfrink’s Miami NewTimes article which criticizes the new Marlins stadium in Little Havana [cant’ write that enough]. Calcaterra writes:

As for the specifics of the Miami New Times article, longtime friend of HBT — [JC: very true, see links at end of post] — Jorge Costales, who was quoted in the article, makes several clarifications over at his blog. For what it’s worth, Jorge is pro-stadium and was actually pro-taxpayer funding for the stadium as far as it went. But he has been a sharp critic of Jeff Loria and the Marlins’ claims of poverty that helped get the deal done.

And I think that’s where I come down. Personally, I am against taxpayer funding for ballparks. I can understand, however, why some folks like Jorge take a different side of this depending on the specifics of the funding, the need for the stadium, the location and other factors. All politics is local, and there’s a direct correlation between one’s knowledge of a given area and one’s righteousness in taking a strong stance on the matter. When I speak about ballpark funding it’s usually a philosophical matter, and that only gets you so far.

But no matter the merits of any specific plan, the case for a ballpark has to be made honestly. And it seems fairly clear to me that the case for the Marlins’ new palace was not made honestly. That’s something that should be remembered when the place opens up next spring.

Very rare for the opinionated world of blogging to see someone take a nuanced approach on an issue. (more…)

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Marlins Stadium Article Mentions 2 Think Good Blog

I could feel that something odd was happening to my blog for the past few days. Sure enough, a review of my site stats confirmed it, readers! The two-day triple-digit deluge of visitors were sent over by a generous mention in a New Times article by Tim Elfrink about the Marlins new stadium. Elfrink has strong views on the stadium:

Like a festering, silver-plated pustule, a grotesquely huge can opener, or just an obscene ode to wasted cash, the new Florida Marlins stadium is rising above Miami’s skyline. Whether you’re driving down a tree-shaded block in Little Havana or cruising the Dolphin Expressway to South Beach, there it is: a $515 million money sucker that is probably the worst deal for taxpayers of any stadium in America.

Tom Wolfe would have been proud of that opening sentence! I don’t know Bauhaus from Our House, but the stadium looks beautiful to me. Since blog bytes are free, I also wanted to weigh in on other points made by Elfrink in the article.

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