Having just come back from winnipeg, i found myself wondering about the cost of their new museum for human rights, how many people opposed it and how many people will actually go into it ( not just walk past it on their way to the forks) ?
It's funny, when the government funds a football stadium, everyone complains. But, the football stadium draws 30,000+ for 10 weeks a year and hosts a grey cup, concerts and other events that essentially will have the stadium pay for itself over time through taxes generated, jobs created and economic impact of visitors to those events.
Can a museum do the same?
I could be wrong, but I don't see the business case for museums or other 'artistic' venues when compared to sporting stadiums.
( winnipeg is pumping $200M into their zoo. Will they ever get that money back from zoo tickets? Hell no! )
Yet, it is the sports stadiums which seem to be the target of the ignorant masses.
Sometimes you have to build things that better the city and improve the quality of it's citizens regardless of if the money will be made back. Stadiums included.