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Monday, August 20, 2007

Fayetteville's very own "Big Dig"

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2007 at 1:43 AM

nteresting quote in the Northwest Arkansas Times today from John Nock, of Nock and Company, concerning the fact that September is right around the corner, and the much-anticipated (well, somebody anticipated it, I’m sure) hotel just off the square has yet to be built.

To date, all we have is a very lovely hole in the ground, and a huge crane, which reminds some of the crane in “Five Million Years to Earth.”

Come September. The city will be owed $834.73 for every day that there ain’t a hotel on the site.

Comrade Nock told a Times reporter last week that, if pressed for it, the developers will pay if the council insists. But he also added that he didn’t “know if the city is looking for money as much as a change in the skyline.”

It would be a serious mistake if the city council let these guys off the hook financially, given what some see as their too cozy relationship with Dan Coody. Some may recall that in an interview with the Little Rock Free Press about a year ago, Paula Marinoni referred to them as the “golden boys.”

Let’s avoid even the appearance of “Good Old Boy” politics.

Start writing those checks, boys.





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