20 June 2005

Mired in Minneapolis' Mixed Messages

If you want to get an idea for what the media-based discourse on a publicly-financed stadium would look like, just visit the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's website for its coverage on the Twins' ballpark legislation. The open-air stadium would be 75% funded by a 0.15% sales tax raise in Hennepin County.

Columnist Sid Hartman has beating the drum for the Twins' stadium efforts for years, and he doesn't waver with his new plea, which claims that the project will revitalize downtown. Yet there's an article in the business section noting that the Twins have actually dropped the economic development argument.

Who's right? Read both and decide.