Good to see that four Greensboro City Council members —- Trudy Wade, Dianne Bellamy-Small, Marikay Abuzuaiter and Jim Kee voted against additional funding toward the proposed downtown performing arts center. The $200k+ will fund further research by the council-appointed GPAC Task Force.

The strongest argument against funding came from Bellamy-Small, who “spoke passionately about her concern that the interests of east Greensboro were being pushed aside by the focus on the GPAC.”

But —as you can probably imagine— Mayor Robbie Perkins had a ready answer:

Perkins spoke last on the issue. “We all have felt the hurt of this city, with the jobs leaving, the incomes dropping, and we’re all scratching our heads trying to figure out how to make things better,” he said. He maintained that the GPAC could be a solution to economic problems by bringing in outside money and creating jobs.

If you believe that, I’ve got some land in East Greensboro I’d like to sell you….