Chasing champions 

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Mayor Steve Bach has unveiled plans for a $218 million “City for Champions” tourism project. The details are fuzzy, and so are some feelings on the subject.

click to enlarge Lisa May

Lisa May of Bear Creek is a professional singer

How do you view the prospect of a downtown baseball stadium? That would be fine as long as it doesn't displace established neighborhoods and businesses.

Does downtown need more tourist attractions? No. There's absolutely more than enough to do downtown.

How do you feel about public money going to these projects? I'm not so big on that.

What's a city whose downtown you love? I'm a foodie, so downtown San Francisco. San Diego's nice, too. It had venues for live entertainment, great restaurants, Balboa Park, the zoo, lots of opportunities for outdoor activities like biking and jogging.

click to enlarge Joe Kemp

Joe Kemp of the Cordera neighborhood is career Army

What's your take on a downtown baseball stadium? I don't live downtown, so I don't really have one. If there's a need for it, it's probably a good idea.

How about an Olympic museum or an Air Force Academy visitor center? To be honest, we don't need these things. It's another way to promote the city.

How vital is it for us to draw more tourists downtown? From what I can see, downtown is doing pretty well at the moment.

Name a city whose downtown you really like. Montreal. It's very cosmopolitan and vibrant. There's lots to see and do, and it's really old.

click to enlarge Scott Boughton

Scott Boughton of Manitou Springs is a helicopter instructor

What's your take on the mayor's proposal for a downtown baseball stadium and events center? It might help revitalize the area, bring in some businesses.

How about an Olympic museum? It depends on the cost and who's paying for it.

Should public money help fund this project? It's not a good idea in today's economy to borrow money for things like this. That said, I'm not sure how it should be paid for. Maybe a special levy the public could vote on.

Does downtown need more tourist attractions? I don't spend enough time downtown to answer that.

What city's downtown do you really like? I grew up on the East Coast, so Boston comes to mind. It's on the waterfront, it has history and great seafood.


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