Kudos to letter writer Richard Anderson for his excellent views on why the new arena should stay downtown (‘To succeed, new arena must be downtown,’ Feb. 10), and to architect Tim James and his ProjectNow team for their efforts devoted to the same purpose.
Another reason for keeping the arena downtown arises from the reports in The Star a couple of weeks ago about the numerous vandalizing and break-ins of downtown businesses. The main reason for this increasing lawbreaking is that there are so few people downtown after dark, thus giving the lawbreakers a virtually free hand.
A safe, vibrant downtown requires the presence of a lot of people, which the presence of the new arena and its spinoff activity would ensure. Keeping the area downtown is a law-and-order issue.