Woody nailed it!
I have just read a Larry Woody’s Fairgrounds article in The City Paper [Nov. 2] that has hit a World Series bases-loaded home run with me and I would shout it from the rooftops if I had a long enough ladder.
Because I have lived in West Nashville since birth and have held office as an elected public official for 40 years, I believe that I have some sense of what many Nashvillians, whose opinions are often overlooked, may really want for their city. I found Mr. Woody’s article on the closing of the fairgrounds most insightful and as a result, I am writing my first letter ever to the editor of any newspaper or other publication for that matter.
We hear of the economic impact of football stadiums, sports arenas and convention halls. Is there no stimulus from the visitors to the State Fair, the monthly flea market, stock car races and Christmas Village? As a matter of fact no one will find a more enthusiastic crowd of fans than those that attend an evening of wrestling promoted by Mr. Neal Hargrove. Many people find wrestling and roller derby a terrific entertainment value!
It seems a city that can afford “social welfare” for those well heeled enough to buy football and hockey tickets is very frugal when it comes to less edifying amusement for the masses.
It’s time the Chamber of Commerce and area real estate “high rollers” start requesting the pulse beat of John and Mary Doe for a change. Thank you Mr. Woody for sharing your input [and] thoughts on the “unfair” closing of the State Fairgrounds.
Bill Higgins, 37219