Sorry I've been absent all week. Tell those people in Washington to settle down for a bit and I can focus on this a little more.
I'm no real estate demographic economics expert, but I do a little math here and there. Is it me, or as you improve neighborhoods - either through government market interference like the arena, or by private investment - you increase the costs of living there and push out lower income people?
As downtown becomes... well.. what it's becoming there's a sense that the poor will no longer be able to live in the city's center. The most affordable places to live are out in the county where the amenities suck. No great parks, no mass transit, no gastropubs full of bearded hipsters - nothing. Just dust and plastic bag covered creosotes.
I mention this because there are people who claim to be advocates for those who are less fortunate, but their actions don't really help them much. If Eddie Holguin were around I bet he'd be saying that downtown is becoming a playground for rich westsiders at the expense of the taxpayers.