The Final Four is this weekend, which means I should avoid downtown unless I want to see crowds and drunks. I've grown up seeing Hudnut's vision of a sports-based economy come to fruition in Indianapolis, and I'm not impressed. One only has to travel downtown during a sports event or to Speedway during one of the IMS events to see that our sports culture breeds a drinking culture. Mel and I drove up Delaware during what was to be the final game of the Colts' season. We were shocked to see people walking around in public with cups and bottles of beer at 10:00 in the morning. Why is public drinking, drunkenness, and rowdiness acceptable when sports events are nearby?
The Star had an article this morning about our sports economy. The article, while still tilted in favor of our sports economy, was more balanced than most articles on this topic. Still, I've never seen an article that takes into consideration the effects of our sports economy on the quality of our public life. I'm not convinced that tax subsidized public drunkenness is a good investment for our city, regardless of how much money it generates.