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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 Quigley a “small town undertaker” who doesn’t understand basic economics and who has been absent from conversations about other big downtown projects except for the Central Library, which Quigley designed.
Comments quickly started piling up beneath Maas’ piece. I rounded up some of the best of them. The comments have been lightly edited for style and clarity.
A commenter who uses the handle jdv333 said he thinks extra money from an increased hotel-room tax should go to something other than a convadium:
“If any increase in the hotel-room tax occurs, that should go to our No. 1 tourist attraction Balboa Park, which is in need of $350-500 million in repairs. Not to mention our crumbling streets and sewers – America’s Finest City has among America’s worst streets. Don’t think the visitors don’t notice.”
Bob Stein took issue with Maas’ framing of people who oppose the convadium as having a small-town mentality:
Wadams92101 agreed with another op-ed that argues stadiums are not the measures of a city’s greatness: