Originally Posted by SunDeck
Man, did it get mean on the cinci board when they were going through that. It was way worse than the stuff we had going on.
I never did get Broadway Commons fever, like just about all my friends did. It was tough hanging at Arnolds if you weren't rabid over it. The way I saw it, revitalization of downtown starts at the riverfront and moves northward. Whether I'm right or wrong, it appears that theory will get a test, as Main St. lies in ruins again. A lot of people fault Marge, Carl and Roxzanne Qualls for that, too. Tarbell and company thought BC was going to be just the thing to put OTR on the right track. Maybe they were right about that, but they forget that little spate of riots we had, and the fear that police developed against doing their jobs. Downtown is in a world of hurt, so they better make something up soon and get it right.
We discussed it on the Fastball board but it really didn't get too nasty. Richard Hand was concerned it'd be next to the Hamilton Co. Justice Center and if a convict escaped he'd head right for the ballpark. I told him that a ballpark would be the last place an escaped con would go. I think either RH or someone else believed that prisoners would moon fans or do nasty things from their cell windows overlooking the ball park.
You never know what would have happened with the riots. The Reds were out of town then and who knows if they would have been if they were in the new stadium by then.