September 10, 2010
Listen here. Aired on the Marketplace Morning Report.
I was wracking my brain for a new angle on the so-called 'ground zero mosque' story, when I started to think about the Marketplace angle. Anyone who's worked for Marketplace knows there's often a business angle lurking within a well-covered story. Then it hit me: how was the controversy surrounding the mosque affecting local store owners? Were they doing any more or less business given the extra people demonstrating nearby,and the tourists gawping at the site?
What was most striking to me was how few people wanted to touch this subject, even when all I was asking about was the economic impact.
(Photo: old Burlington Coat Factory, site of future Islamic cultural center. Taken at 9a.m., before the hordes of demonstrators and journalists showed up.)