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UTA In The News — Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

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Sports franchises, stadiums

A Dallas Morning News business column asks whether sports franchises generate enough economic development to warrant public support of financing of new stadiums. Roger Meiners, professor and chair of the UTA Department of Economics, said, “Whether the economic return is good is almost irrelevant because there’s competition to host the team. Arlington made an offer so good that the Rangers didn’t even have to shop around.”

Arlington's identity

Some in Arlington feel the city has cemented its identity in asking voters for approval of money for a new Texas Rangers stadium. Yet some residents and businesses believe it's a handout, the Mineral Wells Index, the Weatherford Democrat, the Gainesville Register and other Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. media outlets reported. UTA's Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science, said the presence of the Cowboys and Rangers benefits Arlington “immensely," even if those benefits are hard to quantify. “Once a city opts for sports and entertainment, you can’t let it go,” he said. “Arlington made its decision 50 years ago.”

Light rail

A Dallas Observer article asks whether the Dallas Area Rapid Transit's lifetime expenditure of $5 billion on light rail is worth it. The article cites a 2011 paper from UTA researchers that captures some residents' reluctance to take rail even if they live close to a rail station.

Alumni appointed

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Lyke Thompson to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Michigan.gov reported. Thompson is the director of the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in urban studies from UTA.