Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Bass Pro Shop: Are They Buffaloing Memphis?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2007 at 4:00 AM

"We’re on record in favor of blowing up The Pyramid, and perhaps, based on Buffalo’s experience, that will be what we do five years from now when talks finally grind to a halt. Until then, we need to pay close attention to what’s going on in Buffalo.

"There, Bass Pro Shops is now asking for a waterfront site that would block access to the river and mar the historic district’s image. Already, the Buffalo news media are asking tougher questions about the entire deal and why the city should continue with the large public subsidy and allow the store to pick its site.

"Most of all, the Buffalo public has lost its patience with the store and its interest is fast following. With the clock on the 30-day ultimatum ticking, Buffalo citizens were told: 'the talks are going very well now,' 'we don’t want to interfere with the momentum we’ve got going,' 'everyone is being as creative and flexible as possible,' and everyone is 'putting in a good faith effort.'”

The foregoing is from one of our favorite local blogs — "Smart City," (which would explain why it's on our blogroll). The latest SC post examines the stormy history of Buffalo, New York, and Bass Pro Shop. You remember Bass Pro Shop? They want to buy The Pyramid. Or not. Or something.Read Smart City and learn why we need to beware of fishy promises.

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