We can’t help but chuckle at all the so-called “partnerships” and “regional planning” schemes put forth by local governments when their real goal is to screw their neighbor.
Latest battle in what the GUARDIAN has dubbed ECONOMIC CIVIL WAR is Meridian’s quest to lure the Hawks baseball franchise away from Boise–even attempting to get the club to work exclusively with the western Ada village-turned city to build a ballpark at taxpayer expense.
We support the idea. If Meridian taxpayers wish to pony up $20,000,000 for a stadium they deserve it. No doubt the good city mother and fathers will ask citizens for permission prior to spending that much. It will save Boise’s pristine air and cut down on traffic in the Capitol City because EVERYONE will obviously flock to Meridian.
The Cubs franchise has chipped in with a $25,000 stipend for a study that will no doubt show Meridian is a better venue and Boise. Meanwhile, Boise will do its own study which will of course show THEY have more to offer. After all, what good is a study if it doesn’t support your preconceived notions?
The DAILY PAPER ran a story today which mentions potential of a AAA ball club in the future. Of course that means Boise will have to expand airport facilities because the bigger leagues play farther apart and don’t have to ride the dumpy “team bus.” Since Boise has a regional airport, no doubt Meridian will kick in with extra funds to improve air facilities to attract new airlines.
In a serendipitous bit of timing, The Portland Beavers are currently looking to build a new stadium. PGE park is being remodeled to host the Portland Timbers, a Major League Soccer team, so the Beavers will be without a home park in 2012.
WELCOME TO MERIDIAN! Guv Butch and crew are anxious to take business away from neighboring states and loss of a stadium is a perfect reason to move the Beavers to Meridian. Of course it will mean JOBS…pitchers, catchers, $4 hot dog vendors, grounds keepers–all a boost to the state’s economy.
Lest we forget, Boise’s Mayor Dave Bieter and Team Dave have a survey showing a trolley will stimulate the economy along steel rails buried in the street. How about steel rails all the way out State Street to Eagle and Star with a loop over to Meridian? Eagle officials will no doubt be happy to pay their share of the trolley based on a study that will show it will mean development along the route.
We could have commercial development with luxury condos, libraries, and transit centers throughout the valley. No wonder baseball is called the “great American past time!”
FROM POET PAUL–
Baseballers want a new venue to play
And we taxpayers surely will pay
With our economy on the rocks
Not a new diamond for the Hawks
The field we have now is okay!
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