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Is Gay Street Campfield’s next target?

If state Sen. Stacey Campfield’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill becomes law, what’s next — a “Don’t
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Think of the carnage. If Knoxville is forced to change the name of its most important downtown street, thousands of businesses would have to update their stationery. Taxpayers would foot the bill for new street signs. Gay Street executives would waste countless hours updating their email signatures when they could be creating jobs.

Oh, the humanity!

Who knew that Campfield was anti-business. I always suspected it, but I didn’t realize just how far he would go to kill jobs.

More on the issue:

No Silence Here:  Stacey Campfield sure has kids talking about being gay

Photo: Gay Street is seen Tuesday, April 5, 2011. The Bijou Theatre/ Lamar House Hotel is at left. (Knoxville News Sentinel/ Adam Brimer)

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Good sign for downtown Knoxville

News that the TIF for the Regal Riviera Stadium 8 movie theater on Gay Street was paid off earlier than expected is a bit of welcome news for city government and downtown developers.

Read News Sentinel business writer Josh Flory’s post on the Property Scope blog.

Opening a downtown movie house was a risky move and the project had its share of critics.

Knoxville-based Regal Entertainment Group obviously had questions, which is why the city put together a TIF to help mitigate the risk.

The theater’s success should quiet the critics and encourage developers to push ahead with other downtown projects.