The Hartford city council put an official fork in the city’s already-dead soccer stadium plan yesterday, formally withdrawing its proposal to lease stadium land to developers who it turned out included a convicted embezzler and a guy who’s allegedly been billing the city for more than a million dollars without doing the required work. “This fiasco, it is a black eye for the city,” declared council president Shawn Wooden unnecessarily.
The council’s move was really just a formality, but reporting on it here gives me the chance to note the sick burn that was delivered by a Hartford resident at yesterday’s council hearing:
“Why was Black Diamond about to be awarded the go-ahead to do this project?” resident Anne Goshdigian asked. “Where was the vetting? There’s this little thing called Google. I know you’ve all heard of it.”
I am hopeful that we will find out where the vetting was in excruciating detail, now that we progress to the finger-pointing stage, and eventually the throwing-people-under-the-bus stage. Seriously, this is going to be so much more entertaining than minor-league soccer ever would have been.