The Stadium may not quite be dead (I can't believe they'd give up that easy), but at least momentum is against it. It was unwanted by the neighborhood, obscenely expensive and promoted with insincerity from start to finish.
It's too bad. Development is not a bad thing. Sports fanaticism is not a bad thing. Jobs are really good things. But the stadium...that was a bad thing.
The Mayor poisoned what could have been an exciting, innovative process.
The good news (weirdly) is that the Mayor's obnoxious forcefulness has shifted the debate (as obnoxious forcefulness often does): there is now consensus for an extended Convention Center, consensus for creative tackling the Westside, consensus for 24/7 development.
Does it always require someone powerful being extreme and unreasonable in order to set the table for meaningful discussion? And can meaningful dialogue follow a meal that contained such a poison pill?
I hope so.