Wednesday, February 11, 2009

An Early "Stimulus" Example

Apparently, there's still something in Akron called the “Inventor's Hall of Fame”, more recently styled “ Inventure Place”. You may remember that; it was Akron's response to Cleveland's tossing away millions on the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”.

Eerie similarity: Both “Halls” seem to hold their inductee ceremonies elsewhere. This year, the inventor's is being held in Mountain View, California. The stated reason is that the Akron building is busy being rehabbed into a school, which tells you all you need to know about the Inventor's Hall as a tourist magnet.

Perhaps the most damning bit is t he lede to this old, behind the archive firewall Beacon Journal story:

“'No matter how much money we spent on it, it was a loser,' said Robert Briggs, chairman of the board of directors for the Hall of Fame Foundation, which oversees four subsidiaries including the museum.”

Essentially, millions of the taxpayer's dollars were tossed down the drain on this thing. Now it's such a dud that it has to be converted into a school.