Energy Related Properties principal Scooter Brown was a guest yesterday on the newwstalkkcrs.com morning drive radio show. And the topic was the skyscraper ERP and the city council want to build in downtown Midland, Texas.
Setting aside the issue of demolishing the old courthouse, a major issue with this is the huge taxpayer subsidy they want. So it was a relief to hear Mr. Brown say that the tax money wasn't a deal killer. If they didn't get the money, he said, they would simply move the project to the outskirts of town and build it on their own. What a simple and perfect solution. Everybody gets what they want. The taxpayers get to decide for themselves what the best use is for their money, and the developers can get all the benefits of owning the energy tower they want to build. That's an offer the city shouldn't refuse.
It's the win/win solution that should make everyone happy.
Well, I guess the only unhappy group would be those in the downtown revitalization movement. But maybe someday they'll set their own interests aside and acknowledge that a free market without influence from government subsidies is better for everyone. It's for the common good.