that arena deal is solid right?
For the record, I would bet the lease agreement between the SEA and the Penguins is pretty solid when it comes to keeping the team in Pittsburgh, at least through the decades the bond is being paid off.. don't want to spur any unjust worries. Now who is going to pay for any more increases in either the building costs or the potential additional financing costs I have mused about.. that is another issue altogether.
and a Cleveburgh addendum.
I knew this article was in the works, but it was an anonymous commenter pointed out this from the Cleveland Plain Dealer blog: Pittsburgh's renaissance holds lesson for Cleveland. As in other stories, the online comments are almost as interesting as the article itself. Just for example, who knew there were Cleveland Browns fans that show their face in town? per one of the comments:
I grew up in Cleveland but have lived in Pittsburgh the last 16 years. On the
one hand, it is a miserable place to live if you are a Browns' fan as am I. On the other hand, there is a very active Browns Backers Club here. I am heading over to Peters Pub in Oakland in a few hours to join 70 other former Clevelanders to watch the game with the Texans.
If that isn't a sure sign that it's a new Pittsburgh, I don't know what else is. I know there must always have been closet Cleveland fans here because of the all the former Cleveland denizens who have moved here at some point.. but the fact that they can congregate in public says a lot.
Note there is even going to be an online chat about that story Monday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m.. that could be interesting thread to watch. For more information, click on the link to the story above and look in the top right corner.
update: and even more Pittsburgh hagiography. From the anonymous commenter is another article which I didn't know about beforehand from the New Orleans Times-Picayune also on Sunday. See: Smaller, smarter: Pittsburgh turns scars into revenue magnets. It's a bit curious to contrast the Cleveland and New Orleans' versions of the same story essentially in that they talk to very different folks for their quotes.