Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst & Gambit columnist
COMMENTARY -- The term “political football” is an appropriate metaphor for Tulane’s efforts to build a new stadium. There are strong feelings — and good arguments — on both sides of the issue, and politics could get in the way of a resolution.
Tulane argues, correctly, that the proposed stadium complies with all zoning laws.
Neighbors counter, also correctly, that the stadium does not comply with the proposed comprehensive zoning ordinance.
Legalities aside, the stadium will dwarf adjacent homes and create traffic and parking issues. Neighbors say they’re not worried about home football games. They’re more concerned about other events that will bring noise and traffic.
Tulane once had a much larger, iconic, 80-thousand-seat stadium in that same neighborhood. The proposed stadium would seat 25 thousand, with room for 5 thousand more standing. Truth is, not all of Tulane’s neighbors oppose the stadium; many support it.
The City Council has temporarily halted the project so that it can be studied. What the council really wants is for Tulane and its neighbors to compromise.
Tulane is one our city’s crown jewels. It should have a stadium. But it also should heed the concerns of its neighbors. A compromise is possible. It won’t please everybody, but if it’s the result of honest, open discussion by reasonable people, all of New Orleans will be better for it.
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