Hopefully the citizens of Lower Hutt read Chalkie's column on their next white elephant. Studies around the world have determined that the real beneficiaries of stadia are the contractors, operators and players. The general community just pays and pays. In a region of 400,000 do we really need another stadium? Isn't the problem, as Chalkie shows, that spectators aren't that interested? Perhaps Chalkie could have pointed out that the Colosseum was Vespasian's way of keeping the poor entertained and mindless of their plight. However, Rome's poor had free entry while ours, who will pay either in rates or rent, can hardly afford transport to the venue, let alone admission.
Robert Bryan asks why we could afford trams in 1902 but not now (Letters, Mar 6).
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