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Calling themselves "a group of concerned citizens who have come together to educate the public about the impact the construction of a new downtown convention center and hotel would have," members of "Nashville's Priorities" have launched a website
raising issues and questions about the Music City Center project. The group, headed by attorney Kevin Sharp, insists on its website that it's not necessarily against the convention center: "This is not a stop-everything campaign. It is an effort to educate the public with good reliable, credible data, and then allow the public to make an educated decision about what is in Nashville's best interests."
in this morning's Tennessean
quoted Music City Center Coalition chair Ron Samuels taking the absurdist position that priorities have nothing to do with this billion dollar project. The newly formed group is misguided because "they think there's a priority issue here with resources to be allocated," said Samuels, who added that "this isn't about whether to do this or something else." Samuels is technically correct that funding mechanisms geared specifically toward building this thing are legally in place, but it borders on delusional to assert that different public policy strategies would not have been able to channel civic, fiscal and legislative energy in different directions.