Entry for September 22, 2007
Thanks to a tip from a reader who is active in supporting downtown Loveland, we missed this completely until contacted recently.
Downtown Loveland in 2006 still has generated less sales tax revenue than it had in 2002 when the Loveland Urban Renewal Authority (LURA) was first created. While McWhinneys have grown the real urban blight the LURA was first created to address hasn't made little if any real progress.
Contrary to assertions by Chad McWhinney and McWhinney Enterprise employees, Loveland's downtown sales have not grown as a result of Centerra, Outlet Mall or any other sprawl near I-25. The "get-the-facts" campaign by McWhinney implies those who don't support further subsidies simply don't understand the facts. On the contrary, we have found advocates for downtown Loveland know the facts while the McWhinney spin machine hasn't been entirely accurate.