There's talk beneath this post on the DPAC ticket tax* about Greensboro's self-image and ambitions, relative to other NC cities and as we choose to define ourself.
Missing the boom that remade Charlotte and Raleigh left us some nice possibilities in terms of being clean, green, and livable, which should be good for business and good for the people who live here. We have not focused on those goals as much as I'd like, but we haven't completely paved the county yet, either, so there's still hope.
The continued vitality of downtown is an important element of that strategy, and I think letting patrons of a new facility help pay for it is a good plan.
And it's worth remembering that a significant performing arts space is not just a status marker in the race to keep up with Wake and Mecklenburg, it's the kind of cultural amenity for which Greensboro has been known for decades. In fact, we're talking about replacing a superannuated facility and putting it in a better location, not dreaming of something completely new.
GSO's manageable scale and mellow vibe are big attractions for some of us, but those things are not all that define what this city is and what we can be.
* UPDATE: Tixtax a non-starter at General Assembly, courtesy of John Blust.