Monday, November 01, 2010

AZ Star's Clarity on Cloth Grows

In addition to excellent work by Josh Brodesky, and in particular Rob O'Dell, regarding Tucson's economic and downtown development circus, the Star's Andrea Kelly and Rhonda Bodfield appear to be grasping certain concepts. Their Sunday political potpourri notes the following about Tuesday's hearing on the Tucson downtown hotel:

Two men dressed in dog suits were selling hot dogs for $25 apiece. Their sign, a reference to the $230 million spent on Rio Nuevo with little to show for it, noted that the snacks had no meat, no mustard, and no relish, but proceeds would be funneled to consultants.


Anyone driving past Valencia and Country Club can look to the southwest corner and see an empty parking lot with an "Available" sign. A few years ago, cars belonging to employees of local companies filled that lot to capacity so they could enter a state of the art training facility to upgrade their skills to compete in the 21st century economy.

Training employees of Tucson companies to compete in the 21st century economy? A TREO trip to Sweden is clearly the superior use of city tax dollars. Grab a few hot dogs to eat on the plane.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Robish said...

I can't quite read the name on the CB Richard Ellis sign in the foreground of the picture of SAIAT's old center, but whoever it is, you can bet that if and when he finds a tenant for that space, Snell, Welsh, Smith, Guymon, and Shaw will be there with a ribbon-cutting to take credit for it.

11/01/2010 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "Cloth" concept is now completely embedded in the conversation. You have poured sand into the gears of the machine that used to so easily swindle the taxpayer out of millions.

Snell's days of sucking the public tit are numbered.

Robish is right. If the real estate guys ever do find a tenant, Snell will hold a press conference and gloat while Shaw proclaims a major milestone for the Tucson economy.

11/01/2010 8:50 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

Last night someone was on "Arizona Illustrated" talking about what will happen in post-audit Tucson. I do not know who she is, but she was talking about "plans" and "consultants." I hope that this whole thing doesn't grow a deformed head and result in another wave of blueprints and overpaid consultants.

11/02/2010 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Another Anon said...

Matt - are you still there? Overcome by Rand Paul's election in Kaintuck?

11/04/2010 8:33 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Yeah, still here, but recovering. We are so screwed.

I'll start posting again when I can get this foul taste out of my mouth.

11/05/2010 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Another Anon said...

I hear ya, Matt!

At least Gabby managed to pull it out here in CD 8. Thank the good Lord.

11/05/2010 8:47 PM  

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