Sunday, November 03, 2013

David Beckham won't build in Miami: Miami Herald can't get this story right … by gimleteye

The Miami Herald bet the ranch on its support for the new Miami Marlins stadium. Successive generations of Herald leadership saw nothing by blue skies ahead for the Magic City's investment in Major League Baseball.

The one question the Herald never raised turns out to be the pivotal one: would the demographic segments that can afford the cost of tickets to view the gladiators spend the time in cars on clogged arteries to see a professional sports game.

The proof, as they say, is in the pudding: no.

I learned this simple lesson -- the bad math of Miami's traffic -- twenty years ago ferrying children from the Gables to various soccer fields in West Dade. Impossible. Mind-breaking.

You can bend a lot of facts, the way Beckham bent his free kicks: you can't bend that one. A further point: the Herald never wavered from its support of growth at any cost, and that's where we are today.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Herald support of growth at any costs has accelerated just as sea level rise is accelerating. The news and editorials on new projects and developments read like Chamber of Commerce and tourism brochures. They consistently ignore or belittle residents concerns or opposition and flat out misrepresent the facts to justify the Herald's world view. It is doing the community and their own paper a great disservice to have this charade of an alternate universe. No one who lives in Miami believes the Herald reporting because they live the reality. The Herald, however, is a great sales piece to entice those foreign investors in our real estate who treat Miami as a play land and resort where the residents are at their service. How much longer can we maintain this ruse?

Mensa said...

The Herald is only interested in it's advertisers. Read the Biscayne Times for care about the public.

Anonymous said...

David Beckham will get eaten alive in Miami. Miami is a mirage that attracts and kills people.

Anonymous said...

LOL. There's a publicly funded baseball stadium in Homestead that would be PERFECT for David Beckham.

Anonymous said...

Yeah. Hire Bill Losner and Steve Shiver to persuade Beckham to come to Homestead. Add Bateman to the team, he's done a great job for FPL.

Anonymous said...

The Miami Herald aggressively supported the fraud against taxpayers. The fraud is called the Marlins Stadium and Garage and it will cost taxpayer well over $3 BILLION. Why didn't anyone at the Herald read the documents? Why didn't anyone research the Canadian owned Marlins team. Yup. The Marlins are owned by a corporation based in Nova Scotia.

Anonymous said...

I hear a Miami Beach commissioner is lobbying to bring in a professional water polo team. They are going to practice on Alton Road at high tide. The Alton Road Barrier Island Warriors. Miami Beach will file a lawsuit against any team that competes with Miami Beach. An emergency meeting is going to be called to stop the soccer team from competing with the Miami Beach water polo team.

Anonymous said...

Efficient, extensive and affordable public transportation is the only solution left.

Anonymous said...

Screw the Herald. Their news is socialist swill. At least here there are juicy tidbits and scoops that go along with the left leaning dialogue. I am so grateful for this resource.

Anonymous said...

David Beckham will be like every other carpetbagger. He will want the taxpayers to pay for a new stadium on a waterfront park. Just say No.

Prem Lee Barbosa said...

for the record, Miami Marlins tickets can be purchased as low as $5 sometimes at www.stubhub.com

Price is not the issue.