This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.
The City of University Place has spent, on average, $42,000 a year on travel to market Town Center over the past five years.
Is that an unreasonable expense for a property owner pitching a $250 million development with the potential to permanently expand the city’s tax base and give it the central town square it’s never had?
No. Had the city not invested the money, critics might rightfully charge that University Place hadn’t done enough to secure the project’s success.
The better question is: Did the right people take the trips to woo retailers, sketch out the shopping center’s look and lobby for federal money?