Monday, November 06, 2006

Rain Forest: Monday November 6 Update

The Monday, November 6, rain forest update went up about 7:30 this evening (November 6).

Things are slowing, almost to a stop, in Pella. The only real news would have to involve a generous benefactor having given the project the $200 million it needs -- like Home Depot's $200 million gift to fund the new Atlanta aquarium. And so far they've yet to find a generous benefactor willing to part with even a dime.

No more news of what site will be selected. No more news of a new architect. No more news of new board members. So there's not much news.

The Pella Mayor has put his Q&A about the project up on the City's Web site. And there's David Yepsen's boosterism for the rain forest that required I provide a little commentary.

And there are other items, related but not directly applicable to the rain forest project.

As always, you'll find it at

[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:

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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