Mesa and Detroit.. The Next Movie Meccas?

Mesa city council recently approved a rezoning of 55 acres at Hawes and Germann roads for Gateway Studios.  Of course, it is convenient that Arizona has a significantly sized movie infrastructure tax credit.  If you ask me this whole thing reeks of land developers going for a quick handout.

I am all for bringing new economies into Metro Phoenix.  I am not sure that subsidization that is quite this heavy is the right approach.  It would be wonderful if this deal brought significant film production here, but I remain skeptical.  If it’s any consolation Detroit is doing a similar film incentive.  Have I mentioned before that “Incentives Kill Creativity?”  What are your thoughts?