The failure of Measures C and D means San Diegans will keep wrestling over a new Chargers stadium, a Convention Center expansion and hotel marketing money.
If you support Measure C, you are putting your fandom ahead of reality, and that’s an extremely scary place to be.
This week on the podcast, Andrew Keatts and I grappled with the news that the Chargers’ vision for a new convadium downtown now includes “the region’s first diversity-focused start-up incubator and accelerator.”
The stadium has managed to drown out most civic discussions for the last year or more, but things have really heated up in the last few weeks. Read up on the latest.
On this week’s podcast, Scott Lewis and Andy Keatts tackle the local ballot measures, and apologize for/celebrate the newfound fame of the word “convadium.”
The Convention Center is essentially at maximum impact for its size and capacity, and the San Diego market is a strong one for conventions. The convadium will perform very well as a convention center, plus host major sport and entertainment events.
The great convadium debate is heated. The sparks really started flying when, in an op-ed, San Diego architect Rob Quigley called the Chargers “entertainers, not urban planners” whose plan for a downtown stadium and convention center annex would cause an “irreversible and unprecedented planning disaster.” Chargers adviser Fred Maas fired back with an op-ed of his own. He called […]
The Chargers promise Measure C won’t force the city to dip into the general fund to pay for a convadium.
With Measure C, the Chargers may have unwittingly presented San Diego a once-in-a-generation opportunity to actually have a civic conversation about how we define ourselves. Will we write our own future story, or will we succumb to the ransom demands of an outside force, the NFL?
Lisa Halverstadt’s report, The Story Behind the Conflicting Convadium Predictions, provides clear explanations of many of the differences between the HVS and Chargers studies of the impact of the proposed convadium project. These are complicated reports and it is no small task to sort through them. But, some further explanations are needed. The two studies […]