There is a connection between these news stories because together they represent nothing more than a continuation of long-standing public fiscal policy. It is a policy which makes taxpayer dollars available for back room deals with professional sports and with private developers for proposals approved for the right people by the right people in the current administration. And we use the term "current" because it has apparently carried through administrations of both political parties.
We continue to shovel public funds into the local branch of a dying enterprise. We continue to make deals smelling very much of crony corporate welfare. And we also continue reducing or eliminating ordinary municipal services to which taxpaying individuals are entitled.
Is this really how a "world class" city operates?