You can’t be much more wishy-washy than calling a new stadium “a godsend for some and a nightmare for others,” but the Dallas Morning News has tried, evenly balancing positive and negative quotes from store owners in the vicinity of the Cowboys‘ new stadium. Sample couplet:
[Olenjack’s Grille] general manager Adam Jones said his restaurant has “embraced the stadium since Day One.” He said Sundays and Mondays were traditionally slow, but now he sometimes doubles his business. The stadium is about three-quarters of a mile away. … “It’s been fantastic for us,” Jones said.
The stadium’s impact has been particularly surprising to [Mi Tierra Latin Fusion] restaurateur Damaris Torres. At a mile and a half from the stadium, she thought she might get a few extra customers to drop in for Cuban sandwiches and guava turnovers. Instead, diners have stayed away, many of them worried about potential traffic jams, she said. That has driven down business an average of 40 percent when the Cowboys play at home.
It’d be nice to see the News make some attempt at coming up with conclusions from its survey: Is the stadium helping more businesses than it’s hurting? Are there particular geographic areas, or types of businesses, that benefit more than others? But that’s probably too much to expect from today’s time-pressed journalists.