Mike Byrd 
Member since Apr 13, 2010


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Re: “On The Sounds Deal, The Council Will Swing At Anything

Greer Stadium has been in its location long enough for us to stop and ask whether its presence has as much to do with the conditions of the neighborhood as anything else. Outside of Gabby's the area walkable to the stadium has been rendered a food/drink/entertainment desert. Has the stadium actually discouraged development?

One of the things that I worry about with the Sounds moving to my neck of the woods is that, once they put in their restaurants, bars and entertainment options within the new complex, customers might actually be drawn away from the businesses that exist outside Sulphur Dell. Even the state greenway at Sulphur Dell will be closed on game days because the design encloses it inside the ballpark footprint.

Most new stadiums are self-contained entertainment complexes that make leaving to go to businesses outside unnecessary. If I owned a business nearby, I would be very attentive to what the Sounds might do to draw customers away from the neighborhoods.

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Posted by Mike Byrd on 12/05/2013 at 11:12 AM

Re: “(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About the Sulphur Dell Ballpark

"Do minor league baseball stadiums provide the kind of economic boon we're always hearing about? It's up for debate."

Actually, it's not up for debate, or studies showing economic boon would have been linked here by Steven, too.

Claims to positive economic impact of transferring public dollars to private pockets in the sports industry are flimsy and unsupported by facts:


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Posted by Mike Byrd on 12/03/2013 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Sounds Owner's $5 Million Option Contributes to Sulphur Dell Time Crunch

Discussing the impact of a huge new entertainment-residential complex on neighborhood quality of life transcends "politics". It wouldn't have killed Sounds ownership to engage the community rather than following the lead of the cynics in the Mayor's Office.

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Posted by Mike Byrd on 11/26/2013 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Metro Council Advances Sulphur Dell Legislation, With Some Fireworks

Steven: when the story broke in the press several weeks ago, the Mayor's Office replied with something to the effect that they did not mean for it to come out so soon. That was reinforced in the opening comments at the Farmers' Market meeting in October wherein the need to articulate the plan publicly was expressed in the wake of the developing news story.

If the rationale for the rush now is interest rates and developers, then why not plan to announce the story earlier, ahead of the news media? And are there really no other ways to compensate developers if the timeline is extended into 2014? We're talking about the chief executive of county government, for Pete's sake. He has no other means of appeasing developers?

By the way, I believe that your previous observation regarding the bus rapid transit project is more apropos of the ballpark project than Hizzoner's expressed rationales: when the decider decides to do something his way, then the decision is made, and the rest of us should just quiet down and accept it.

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Posted by Mike Byrd on 11/20/2013 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Why Don't the Sounds Pay for Their Own Stadium?

AnalogWalrus: "there is no statistically significant positive correlation between sports facility construction & economic development" http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1150…. Even the "major sports franchises" do little but contribute to more than the "modern-day feudal elite" of professional owners http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archiv… (Titans mentioned). You cite no studies of Metro areas like Nashville. The studies find "no evidence of positive effects when comparing metro areas with pro sports teams to those without pro sports teams" http://www.amazon.com/Business-Sports-Thre… .

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Posted by Mike Byrd on 10/30/2013 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Why Don't the Sounds Pay for Their Own Stadium?

There really is no debate about economic impact of stadiums. The data from independent studies indicate no remarkable impact of sports venues on local economies. Stadium proponents either figuratively engage in "I'm not listening, I'm not listening" mantras or concede and fall back to the argument that the presence of pro sports is a net win for positive public spirit and unity (except, of course, when the local team is not winning). I have never seen proponents of publicly funded stadiums and arenas arm themselves with independent data to join the debate and to justify their pet projects.

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Posted by Mike Byrd on 10/30/2013 at 8:49 AM

Re: “The Hippodrome: Home Going

Jerry Maynard should be truthful about my neighborhood and Sulphur Dell next time: http://enclave-nashville.blogspot.com/2013…

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Posted by Mike Byrd on 10/25/2013 at 9:59 AM

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