The Aquarium of Your Dreams?
Yes!!! It's the aquarium again. Two years ago I wrote an article that focused on building an Aquarium as the perfect way to waste taxpayer money. Two years ago, and it's still a waste of money. In 1990, the estimated building costs were reportedly a mere $ 50 million dollars - what would be the effect of today's inflation levels? By the way, we seem to have problems even financing the YUM Center?
Where would we locate the project? Perhaps it could be located along River Road? The view of the Ohio River would make a beautiful vista when the algae is not in season. But wait, isn't that in a flood zone? Perhaps we could rename the project from "The Kentucky Journey into the Oceans", to "The Kentucky Journey into the Ohio?. There are vacant spaces available throughout Louisville. Why not the West End? Oh! I forgot - that's also a flood zone (at least when we have heavy rains). What a change it would be if the city invested in a decent sewer system that has been needed since 1936. Apparently, the sharks are going to have a $ 180 million new home - they go first class - at the Louisville Zoo. Would they be too inconvenient if they were asked to share their new residence with some of their watery friends?
It appears that aquariums are not for-profit enterprises. Only two nationwide operate in the black. Can Louisville financially support a semi-pro baseball team, a soccer team, perhaps a hockey team, college basketball, football, soccer, baseball, and at the same time pay the salaries of university coaches, not to mention the salaries of the university's administration? In the meantime, it might be more cost effective for the city fathers to consider establishing an excursion company to transport Louisvillians to the Newport Aquarium, where they could swim with Flipper.