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What Bob DuPuy stated about stadium cost overruns was insightful, legitimate, and fair (“Major League Assholes,” 1/13). MLB won’t sign up for cost overruns because D.C. insists on managing the construction project. This is standard, not only in baseball, because it ensures that project management actually has incentive to manage the estimated costs. There must be some form of accountability.
Jack Evans pointed out in his last newsletter that D.C. has spent $1 billion on renovating schools since 1997. The problem is, D.C. hasn’t gotten very much for that money. Some insist that if we spent the money that will go into the stadium on schools instead, we would end up with a great school system. Unfortunately that is not the case, because we don’t necessarily have the people in place who’d know how to use the money wisely (though Clifford Janey and Robert Bobb are a good start).
Bob DuPuy never said flatly there would be no cost overruns. Misrepresenting Bob DuPuy’s statements does not help D.C.’s cause.