Leading Off (10/12/09)

1. Oprah Winfrey sampled the goods at the Texas State Fair yesterday–a day earlier than she was expected. If you like your corny dogs with a side of positive thinking and a dab of The Secret, you’re in luck! She’s taping her program at the Fair today. Sadly, I’m allergic to all that–positive thinking, Oprah, the Fair–so, I won’t see you there.

2. Surprise! Re-developing downtown is proving to be more expensive than the City Council had originally planned. Back in 2005, the city awarded the Mercantile, Atmos Energy Complex, and Continental projects to Cleveland-based developer Forest City, along with millions in tax subsidies. Mercantile is complete–and 80 percent leased–but the other stuff is going to take more time and money. A lot more money.

3. Maybe we should consider asking Oprah for a loan–whisper sweet nothings about the Continental while she munches on a fried Oreo.If that proves too embarrassing, we can cut silly things from the budget like sustainability, clean water, and conservation initiatives. It’s working for Plano and cities like Miami and Columbus! Everyone knows water is overrated. Long live fried Coke!

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