Do I need to snap my fingers in front of your face to bring you out of your trance?
Or, are we going to need a two by four?
The Waterfront Issue seems to be on everyone’s minds – it is an important issue but it’s not a pressing issue. In fact, right now it’s mostly smoke and mirrors!
That waterfront won’t be changing into an expanded park (with or without buildings) for at least four to five years.
There are so many steps that have to be dealt with first before we get what we want.
Do you really think the NRA is going to get rid of its golden goose? (Parking)
Do you really think that underground parking is possible?
Does anyone know the cost of the contamination cleanup of this “landfill”?
Then comes the search for a developer, and once one is found,
just ask the owners of the Ale House how long the permitting process will be. (They still don’t know!)
And on top of that, nothing is going to really happen until the parking garage is built which is several years out from now*.
So, once you realize that this is NOT a pressing issue – then what is?
Historic Preservation should be the most pressing. We could very easily end up like Lynn – lovely parks, a huge city green called Lynn Woods which no one wants to go to because, well, its Lynn!
We could have a beautiful waterfront park and lose the city.
Our majestic downtown has no protections to keep it the way it is. And considering the astounding lack of knowledge in historic architectural integrity, the typical developer won’t care. And still won’t care – once built and sold and they have their money – they are history.
Our historic seaport is being demolished house-by-house, neighborhood by neighborhood and we are slowly losing the very reason for our desirability as a great place to live. We’ll either lose it all and end up with a haphazard, poor urban planning, post-boom existence or, we’ll become so exclusive that we become a wealthy, gated, over-priced faux-historic community.
I encourage everyone to stop the chanting and understand that historic preservation is the big issue, or if you can’t shake out of the trance, and end up voting for bad candidates,
we’ll be left with an ugly porker of a downtown and a beautiful waterfront park that no one visits, or a Beverly Hill’s city in which only out-of-towners will get the opportunity to enjoy the park.
Your vote tomorrow should be to elect those candidates who support true historic preservation. (Be careful, there are a few charlatans who claim to be preservationists.)
* It was very encouraging to find out that all three mayoral candidates support a parking garage. That means it is no longer an issue which will certainly speed up its eventual creation. Now it will boil down to a simple choice: a ghastly ugly soul-destroying parking garage or one that is beautifully integrated into our historic downtown.