George Vecsey gives voice to skeptics of the grandiose plans for spurring development on Manhattan's West Side by having the NFL drop by 10 times a year, and the Olympic Games visit in 2012.
"There is almost a religious belief in the Olympics," said New York City Councilwoman Christine C. Quinn, who represents the West Side neighborhood that would be affected by any growth.
"Their belief in the Olympics has blinded them." ...
"Not to sound too sportsy, but it's like a Hail Mary pass," Quinn said of the intense pressure to start the giant earthmovers.
One possibility is that the earthmovers are the pressure. A Manhattan stadium might not develop Ms. Quinn's neighborhood, but it would surely contribute to the bottom line of the developers themselves.