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But Barnes scoffed at the suggestion that the city sacrificed too much to make Power & Light happen. She suggested last week that the projections might not look so wild in five or 10 years. But it sounded more like a wish than a guarantee.
Other politicians are facing up to their mistakes. Councilwoman Deb Hermann, who's running for mayor, has admitted multiple times that she and others on the council looked at the Cordish deal through rose-colored glasses.
Of course, the south end of the downtown loop wasn't going to fix itself. Even the people who grouch about Power & Light's corporate feel have to admit that it cleared a slum and anchored downtown with an entertainment destination.
But if residents knew what that World Cup party was really costing them, downtown might have been a little quieter on the day Donovan found the back of the net.