Melissa Harris-Perry | February 03, 2013
is 40% of the tax revenues . the city spent five years and $1.2 billion making improvements to roads, airports, hotels and restaurants in preparation for the super bowl . once the super bowl is over, new orleans gets back to business as usual . all the changes to the city don't necessarily equate to changes in the lives of the resident who is remain behind. i have to tell you, for those of us living in super bowl crazy town , just the traffic snarls, trying to get my kids to school, much more importantly, look at millions of dollars in profits coming to the hotels, but they don't raise the income for the front line workers. that money ends up back here in manhattan.
>> event economics are like trojan horses . they are brought to a city and sold with the idea of the party aspect. like your city is going to host a party, you should have pride in that, it means something to the country.
>> new orleans.
>> it's reflected all over the world when a city hosts the olympics or world cup . it imposed an economic structure saying we are going to base it around a service economy , no benefits, seasonal work. it's 21st century migrant work. the rug is then pulled out from under you as soon as the event is over creating a dependence on this work and dependence by voters on what do we have to do to lure the big events back.
>> in addition to the neuro science of the brain, you can talk about the attachment we have. everyone is irritated by the economics of this, building a streetcar that runs downtown, not the parts of the city where poor people live. on the other hand, people in the city are excited to host the party that is the super bowl . how are we so attached to something that is not so good for us? our brains are hard wired to enjoy the moment. if you feed yourself, you are no longer hungry. that's our back grounld. we are not thinking about the future. we are thinking at the now. talk to football players, hockey players they are in the moment. they enjoy it. the fans are vicariously in the moment. we are not thinking about the future. we are not thinking about when everybody leaves the town and there's an economic impact.
>> how do we get to a longer term? right now in the city of new orleans , tu lane university where i work and support, i love them. we just built -- we forced through a football stadium because football is more important than these other questions in the city.
>> the right wing is going to hate this answer. to me, it's an economic reality. if you want the events to create stable economies, public investment needs to go hand in hand with public ownership . if they are going to refurbish the superdome, the public should have a stake in it. the profits get funneled back into schools, roads and the longer term jobs that build the kind of steady, good income infrastructure that can create the basis of a middle class in a city.
>> these teens are luring cities to pay for the stadiums, put public money in that benefits the team. the miami dolphins just did this. they are getting all these tax dollars to pacically prop up the profits of one family that owns the teams. these privately owned teams. there's nothing coming back. the people who live in the community with domes and great box seats, they can't afford a ticket. the teams are not interested in making it more democratic. give us the money or we will leave the city. it's a threat.
>> can you imagine a space in which nfl players became in relationship to their communities -- we see lots of good work by players in their communities. actually part of a political movement in the c
>> players were more political. i grew up respecting muhammad ali choosing not to go to war, jim brown . this era is a lot different. i don't think you are going to have your quarterbacks, franchise teams stepping out, taking that leap of faith against the owners and for the communities. i don't think so. the next year, you get traded. you start to realize, this is a job. i need to keep my job opposed to taking on the bigger picture.
>> they are a part of it, too. i hate to do it. not to take sides, but baltimore ravens used to be called something else. just saying.
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