I noted with some interest Sunday a line in Brent Wistrom’s piece about the Warren Old Town $6 million loan: “This is the first time Wichita has considered loaning taxpayer money to a business, finance officials and other observers say.”
I’ve got to take issue with that one: Anyone remember the Minnesota Guys? How about CORE?
The debate over whether the Wichita City Council should financially partner with downtown developers is a legitimate one. But again, I wonder why it’s just now surfacing when the city clearly has bought into other projects in the past. Admittedly, the terms of the city’s partnership with Warren are a little different, but beyond that …
And from where I sit, I don’t recall developers lining up to buy Wichita buildings and do downtown projects on their own. Cities partner with developers all the time, and a partnership with Bill Warren looks to me to be consistent with past precedent.