Good article with misleading headline alert! From the Orlando Sentinel:
Parramore residents hope stadium will help kick-start community
They do? Will it?
Soccer faithfuls won’t change Parramore’s fortunes by themselves, [Florida State University professor Tim Chapin] said.
“That sounds like a lot of economic activity, but it’s a tiny drop in a very large pond in terms of the economy,” he said. “There will be a few winners in this, but it’s not a rising tide that lifts all boats.”
A quote from Charles Frizzell, owner of a new sports bar across the street, in instructive: “I don’t know if we would have chosen this location, if it wasn’t for the soccer stadium.” Which, if the biggest impact you’re going to have is that people choosing to open sports bars will move over a few blocks to be closer to the stadium, that’s exceedingly meh impact. Plus, opening a sports bar and keeping a sports bar open are two different things: Reporter Jeff Weiner notes that similar hopes were raised by the opening of the Magic‘s Amway Center in 2010, but then mostly dashed:
Draft Global Beer Lounge, despite taxpayer subsidies, fell into debt before closing at the Church Street Parking Garage, which has since been torn down, while Parramore mainstay Johnson’s Diner also failed after moving into the CityView building.
Commissioner Regina Hill, a Parramore native who represents the neighborhood on the City Council, credits a job at the old Amway Arena, which opened in 1989 and was demolished in 2011, with offering her hope as a young woman.
“It was $7-an-hour, part-time, but it gave me the ability to get off that couch and start to feel valuable,” she said.
Now there’s a headline: “Sports facilities bring hope to low-income communities with minimum-wage part-time jobs to get them off the sofa.” Accuracy is so seldom clickbaity.