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  • FEUD BETWEEN SKYDOME AND RAPTORS MAY BE NEARING AN END

         A deal is "in the works" to satisfy SkyDome's objections to
    the Raptors Air Canada Centre arena project, according to the
    TORONTO STAR.  SkyDome has complained of "inadequate" bus parking
    and pedestrian access at the Raptors' new facility and appealed
    the Ontario Municipal Board's approval.  Dale Martin, a former
    City Councillor hired by the province to "help clear the way" for
    major developments, said, "We have a general agreement on what
    would work."  Under the proposal, the province would "accept
    responsibility" for additional bus parking as needed, and the
    city would agree to install additional pedestrian connections.
    Martin: "If the bus parking and pedestrian access are addressed,
    I don't care who pays for it.  My issues are resolved" (Paul
    Moloney, TORONTO STAR, 10/4).
    

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  • STADIUM NOTES: VENUES DON'T ENSURE VITAL ECONOMY

         Cities that have recently built stadiums have learned it
    takes time for them to "have an impact" on their local economies,
    according to a story in the Nashville TENNESSEAN.  Bill Carey
    writes cities are also finding football stadiums don't have as
    much of an impact as baseball parks or arenas, and "sports arenas
    are no substitute for a healthy economy" (TENNESSEAN,
    9/30)....San Francisco Mayoral Candidate Willie Brown joked last
    week about the $500,000 fee 3Com paid for the naming rights to
    Candlestick Park.  Brown: "If I had known the city was prepared
    to settle so cheaply, I would have bought it (naming rights) for
    my campaign, Willie Brown Park!" (John King, S.F. CHRONICLE,
    10/3).
    

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