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— DeMaio agrees with Frye. "People at [Centre City] told me they were flush with cash," says DeMaio. "I said, 'Why should the city pay for Petco Park? It's redevelopment in a blighted area. It would save the city all that money.' They [Centre City] said, 'We have other projects.' They have a list of projects with special-interest developers, and the city is on the brink of bankruptcy."

Peak is not sure that community-redevelopment law would permit the shift of the ballpark burden from the city to Centre City.

There is an answer to that: the laws should be changed. There is a good argument that Centre City should be abolished so that more money can flow into the city's general fund. If that can't be accomplished politically, at least the laws should be changed so that the Centre City chief executive cannot dole out fat contracts willy-nilly.

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