Monday, November 22, 2010

A Piece and a Poem

The Star's Josh Brodesky continues to enhance the work of fellow reporter Rob O'Dell regarding the Rio Nuevo component of Tucson's Cloth machine. Like his earlier piece interviewing former Tucson Mayor George Miller, Brodesky's latest article builds upon O'Dell's efforts by presenting the events from another angle, helping readers distinguish the forest amongst the trees.

I'll say little since readers can just click over and read it themselves, but will note that it rather eloquently captures the deafening absence of accountability in the entire Rio Nuevo conversation. I should also mention its coverage of the jaw dropping effort of Humberto Lopez who (stepping in Garfield Traub blood that is still warm) is now proposing HIS downtown hotel project using city money. Great timing, dude.

Worth mentioning in particular and posted at the Tucson Choices blog in its entirety is a late night poem written by Michael Lane and submitted as a comment at Brodesky's article. The poem is titled:

Rio Nuevo – Who Knows Where the Money Goes

The answer? The same person accountable for the project.

No one.

If you listen carefully, you can hear the footsteps of those running away with their share of the $230M No one spent.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It cannot be said enough times, that the villains here are Jeff DiGregorio, Anne-Marie Russell, Greg Shelko, Mike Letcher, Mike Hein, and the City Council pre-Kozachik. Let's throw in Garfield Traub's local consultants, Brent Davis, Michael Guymon, and Fred Ronstadt.

As x4mr likes to say, "Occam's razor."

Of the pre-Kozachik council I would particularly note Nina Trasoff, and although perhaps not as directly, you know Lyons and Hecker were sitting at some of those tables.

11/22/2010 1:15 PM  
Blogger Cigar Man said...

I never dreamed I would get to see what I am seeing these days. What I particularly like about this post is x4mr's distinguishing the way Brodesky provides perspective on O'Dell. That is so true. These guys have difficult jobs.

I have no clue who Michael Lane is, but wow, is that poem great or what? Doesn't that poem just cement Brodesky's work? I mean, it's perfect.

Will we ever find solutions? Hard to say, but we have already progressed far beyond what I thought was possible. We are really starting to get some clarity about the problem.

I wish I could be a fly on certain walls. I'll bet some Clothmeisters aren't sleeping so soundly these days.

11/22/2010 8:53 PM  
Anonymous Robish said...

Lopez stepping forward actually does make sense now that the $200 million hotel plan has been discarded. Downtown still needs some decent hotel rooms to serve the convention center, and his plan has a lot less risk in it for taxpayers than the Garfield Traub Sheraton did.

It's not like his proposal is a surprise. He's been pitching it all year as a lower-priced complement to the expensive Sheraton. He pitched it five years ago, had it accepted by the 2007 hotel selection committee, along with the Sheraton, but then got cut out of it when Hein refused to negotiate with him on purchase price.

Had that project gone forward I believe the city would not have had the humiliation (well-deserved) of losing control of the TIF in 2009.

11/23/2010 9:51 AM  

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