Monday letters: Council has right vision for city

05/19/2014 12:00 AM

05/16/2014 4:26 PM

Warren Bolton is wrong to call the facility Columbia will help build only a ballpark (“On baseball being king and other tidbits,” April 18). It will be a multi-use facility to be used year around.

He also raised the negative specter of Hardball Capital, which will bring a minor league team to the city and manage the multi-use facility, possibly failing. Why? Does he have any examples of any baseball failures?

He should remember that minor league baseball is entertainment; thousands of baseball fans from the Midlands will come to watch.

This is all about visions versus the naysayers. When the plan for BMW was in the works, Gov. Carroll Campbell got a lot of negative comments that he was giving BMW too much, and South Carolina would never get any return. How was that vision? In Durham, N.C., the city council voted for the baseball project over the no vote from the people. It became the most successful urban renewal in the Southeast. How was that vision?

Mayor Steve Benjamin and Columbia City Council members who voted yes for the Bull Street project have a vision for Columbia. It’s clear and optimistic. The opponents on council and Mr. Bolton have a vision that’s blurred and myopic. I urge them to visit other successful projects. They won’t have to go far: Augusta, Greenville, Charlotte, Durham, Charleston and Myrtle Beach. Enjoy the events, and then ask yourself, why not Columbia?

John Livoti


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