Afraid I disagree with your belief that restaurants are not economic development. Amenities like restaurants, retail, and entertainment venues add dynamism to a neighborhood and that attracts more businesses and residents. They add to the walkability of cities, a critical factor in rebuilding old downtowns that were ghost towns for years. And a high end restaurant like Redd creates jobs, especially entry-level jobs. Considering COMIDA’s awful track record funding other types of businesses that do not deliver promised jobs, I’d say a restaurant is exactly what they should fund. These are investments and that implies risk. No risk, no reward. Not all government spending is bad…

Former software marketer. Former musician. Writer, nine non-fiction books, two novels, Buddhist, train lover. Amateur cook, lover of life most of the time!

Tax Dollars for Restaurants is Nothing New

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