Originally written July 25, 2013 on NESN.com:
LANSING, Mich. — A state board unanimously gave the go-ahead Wednesday for a new Red Wings hockey arena in downtown Detroit to be paid for in part with $284 million in tax dollars even as the broke city works through bankruptcy proceedings. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and others defended against criticism that the $650 million project should be financed entirely with private money because the city currently can’t provide basic services and retirees are facing cuts in their pensions. The 18,000-seat arena is designed to be a catalyst for more development and to link downtown and midtown, turning a blighted area into a business, residential and entertainment district. “This is part of investing in Detroit’s future,” said Snyder, a Republican who blessed a state-appointed emergency manager’s request to take the city into bankruptcy last week. “That’s the message we need to get across. … As we stabilize the city government’s finances, as we address those issues and improve services, Detro...
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