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Coming Attractions At Houston’s Bayou Place Don’t Seem Very Appealing—Don’t Let Somebody Else Tell You What Comes Next

Above you see the coming attractions at Bayou Place in Downtown Houston.

I took this picture two days ago.

These attractions do not seem geared to bringing people Downtown.

There are restaurants, a concert hall and a movie theater at Bayou Place.

At the bottom line we are reminded here that it is up to each of us to find something to look forward to in life.

Look at what you get if you let somebody else set the agenda.

I would also note that these signs have been like this for at least a year. You’ll find these signs at the corner of Capitol and Smith.

These signs are this way is so despite the public money invested at Bayou Place.

I guess the folks who run Bayou Place think this mess is okay.

October 16, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

10 Comments »

  1. “These signs are this way is so despite the public money invested at Bayou Place.”

    Not “despite the public money,” Neil. Because of it.

    The people who run it do not have much an incentive to run it well, so they don’t. Ever seen a Cinemark in that condition?

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | October 16, 2012

  2. I’ve seen some pretty nasty and dirty national chain movie theaters.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 16, 2012

  3. And I’ve seen some pretty awesome places run with public money.

    Comment by Barry Cochran | October 16, 2012

  4. Great point Matt. People who own or invest in a place tend to take better care of it. To Neil’s point, however, there are some poorly ran national chain theaters too. But that’s more of a management issue and not an ownership issue. But that goes back to what Matt was saying as well. The further you separate work and effort to accomplish a goal the further people get from respecting it and caring for it.

    Comment by Mike | October 16, 2012

  5. I thought about this for a bit today and I think it is overly ideological to see either privately maintained or publicly maintained things as inherently better run. Workers of all kind see themselves as not connected to the work they do, and poor management can be found everywhere.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 16, 2012

  6. Matt’s point is not a “great point.” Here’s some things that have been paid for with public money: National, state and local parks. Roads; in fact, virtually all forms of transportation receive public subsidies, some work better than others but all get you where you’re going. I’m not that into sports myself, but almost all stadiums built in the last couple of decades have received public subsidies, and the people who frequent such places seem to like them. Almost all vibrant downtowns in American cities. Wind farms. Research of all kinds. Moon landings. Soldiers. Police. Fire departments. Teachers. Public Universities. Mental Health. And most of these are underfunded compared to the private sector, whatever the hell that is, and still manage to do the best they can with what they have. It’s extremely doctrinaire to pretend that public money causes inefficiency; it also flies in the face of reality.

    Comment by Barry Cochran | October 16, 2012

  7. Well…my reply seems quite tepid after what Barry has helpfully said. There are aspects of things the public sector does that frustrate me. But Barry’s point is right on that the private sector is hard to define given all the public resources that go into so many aspects of our society—And it is not clear to me why we must so sharply out the two in competition with each other as both are required for a prosperous society. I really can not imagine any person who has not made extensive use of public roads, water, education, parks and on and on. How could I drive to the private business place without a public road to get me there?

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 16, 2012

  8. Barry, most of your examples are non-excludable and non-rivalrous. Movie theaters aren’t at all like that.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | October 18, 2012

  9. OK, Matt, if you were speaking exclusively of movie theaters and believe that movie theaters are best run by the private sector, but that there are other things that are best run by government and some things that are run best by a private-public partnership, I won’t totally disagree with you. I didn’t take your comment that way, but I am admittedly cranky on the subject. Too many people make broad sweeping generalizations about government ruining everything while they are driving their kids to public schools on public roads.

    Comment by Barry Cochran | October 18, 2012

  10. I’m not one of them, Barry. I’d never abandon my daughters’ education to the state.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | October 19, 2012


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