Should We Read Into This?

September 30, 2009 at 1:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

In Deena Winter’s column today she notes that 2015 Vision has run a survey gathering public opinion on the proposed arena. The survey’s purpose was “to determine how much progress arena promoters have made, and ensure the public understands what’s being proposed”.

Here’s where I wonder if we should read between the lines. The survey results are private. However, more often than not when it comes to surveys like this, good news gets leaked and bad news doesn’t. 2015 Vision isn’t releasing any information at this time. It is difficult for me not to wonder if that suggests that arena backers have their work cut out for them. If the survey shows good news, I would expect the group to say something like “The survey results are private, but we are pleased with where things stand”. Instead we only got the first half of that sentence. Furthermore, Dan Marvin is on the record saying: “I think the vote’s gonna be a challenge. Let’s face it, we’re in a recession right now.” That doesn’t sound good.

In my experience, sentiment seems to run fairly positively toward the arena. Most Lincolnite commenters and nearly all of those who have responded to my questions on Twitter have supported the arena project. But that’s a very biased sample of Lincolnites. It’s a self-selected group that tends to be relatively active in Lincoln and educated in Lincoln-related issues. It’s possible the rest of Lincoln doesn’t view the arena as positively.

What do you think? Should we read into this at all?

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The bonkster September 30, 2009 at 1:48pm

Most people I have talked with have been taking the Wait and See approach. They want to see the proposal before making any decisions on this. But most every one of them seems to want it in some form or another. We need it desperately!!!
The Bonkster

Fletch September 30, 2009 at 3:18pm

If you hear something enough times, you start to believe it. City leaders need to stop beating the drum about us being in a recession, as that makes it seem and feel and sound worse than it is. Some people are struggling, no doubt - but not everyone in the community.

City leaders could take a more positive tone if they want to help their cause.

Also, the city council could actually take some action some time that disproves the notion we are anti-growth and anti-business.

JT September 30, 2009 at 4:10pm

I thought the exact same thing when I read the article. Hopefully we are wrong because we need a new arena desperately.

no arena September 30, 2009 at 6:33pm


Ed September 30, 2009 at 10:08pm

I’ll start out by pointing out that I’m in the younger generation that the city is trying to cater to with a new arena. For the record, I’ve lived near Chicago and New York and I think highly of Lincoln. Yes other places have more entertainment but Lincoln isn’t THAT dull. Seriously I’ve never had trouble finding something to do and with downtown growth fueled by Antelope Valley and Innovation Campus, that will only get better.

Now on to the arena issue. I think Lincoln should raise private money to fix up Pershing and UNL should get athletic boosters to fix up Devaney. I don’t care what Lincoln builds, they are not going to compete with Omaha and even larger markets for concerts and professional sports. The proposed location for the arena is quite questionable and I would not vote to spend tax dollars on a new arena.

If my taxes are going to go up, it better be on something that benefits everyone. Too many large cities across the U.S. have outrageous sales and/or property taxes because of new stadiums, arenas, etc.. The real hell of it though is many of the citizens can’t afford to go to the games, yet still pony up tax dollars for it.

Bottom line is this: I’ve lived in various cities and Lincoln is never going to compete with major markets for big events. Lincoln is however a nice town that with a sort of nostalgia feeling to a time when things were simpler.

Fletch October 1, 2009 at 12:31am

Dan Marvin said taxes won’t go up. Surely he’s a man of his (glass is half empty) word.

Your point has merit, but honestly - Pershing is a dump. You can only polish a turd so much. And sadly, Pershing is a big turd samwich at this point in its life.

I’m for the new arena, but I am realistic about it competing with Qwest. It won’t. It could compete with the Mid-America Center or whatever it’s called, maybe.

That said, it can offer a lot to the community, and to the Huskers hoops programs as well. I’m still for it, and hope the powers that be can do a good marketing job.

Steve October 1, 2009 at 2:24am

I’m struggling to picture a fixed-up Pershing.  It’s already blocked in, so there’s no way to truly expand it.  The big complaints were the size of the concourse and the tight seats.  If the intent is to improve it ... how?

Mr. Wilson October 1, 2009 at 12:54pm

If I remember Dan Marvin’s words correctly, he didn’t actually say that taxes won’t go up. I think a property tax increase has all but been removed from consideration, as has a sales tax increase. On the other hand, lodging taxes will almost certainly go up, and a new “entertainment tax” of some sort could very well be introduced.

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