I would guess that Greensboro will not be moving ahead with a downtown performing arts center this year.
A lot of work has been done, and a lot of progress has been made, but barring some deus ex machina on the funding side this thing is not happening in 2012.
With the ticket tax proposal in suspended animation, the amount of bond money needed to build a swell new PAC seems likely to be more than voters will bear in a still-shaky economy.
But a delay should not be a death knell for the project.
Whatever political calculations lay behind the timing of this campaign, a lot of people who liked the general idea wondered why we had to rush. Now there's time to finish the job of planning and marketing the facility. It's a necessary replacement for the superannuated theater that has been a major part of Greensboro's cultural life for decades, and it would be a great addition to downtown.
Let's keep at it.