As always, the only meaningful news would be an announcement that someone has given the project's promoters a $200 million check. But, as you'll see in this week's update, The Pella Chronicle is reporting that "Earthpark officials will meet Oct. 16 to discuss financial arrangements." The 16th? That's today!
So, hey, this could be the big day. (Yeah, right.)
And you won't want to miss the face-off between Ted Townsend and me over whether Pella really is "more special than Eden" -- and some observations about tourist attractions in general and whether Pella -- however much we may love the little town -- is really ready for prime time, and can compete with America's top tourist destinations.
[Every Monday since December 2005 there has been a weekly upload to the pre-existing Iowa rain forest Web site I maintain. In all, printed out the entire site would run over 100 single spaced pages; there are, in addition, links to the full text of hundreds of newspaper stories and reports. It is very probably the most complete resource on the topic anywhere on the Web.
It is found at: http://www.nicholasjohnson.org/politics/IaChild.
Over the past few months the scope of the Web site has expanded from the rain forest project to include material related to the broader range of attractions and economic development generally (including gambling casinos) in which the proposed rain forest exists and by which it must be evaluated.
If you are interested in following this subject, you might also want to check in from time to time with the Iowa Pork Forest blog for comments that are often humorous and entertaining as well as insightful.]
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