Vision 2030 / 2050 envisions our city government providing a carefully-planned array of state-run facilities for arts and entertainment and recreation (see V2030 3.1 & 3.3 & 7.3.2; V2050 3.1 & 3.3 & 5.3.2), rather than allowing these to arise in a free market. Provo already operates a golf course, a fitness center, a water park, and ice rink, and a tax-subsidized money-losing arts center, and its central planners intend to continue to oversee these facilities rather than genuinely privatize them, and to try to construct additional facilities (see V2030 3.3.3; V2050 3.3.3). Vision 2030’s goals for building a new recreational center (see V2030 3.6 & 3.7; V2050 3.6) plus levying a new RAP tax (see V2030 3.8; V2050 3.7) have already been achieved. This is all rather sad, because wholesome recreation is wonderful, but it should be supplied via private entrepreneurs in response to consumers’ demands, not via public agencies in response to politicians’ edicts.
- Provo: Provo City Vision 2030
- Provo: Provo City Vision 2050
- Provo Daily Herald: “Covey Center provides the Arts, Provo the subsidies” (2013 Jun 20)