Comment 25922

By jason (registered) | Posted July 14, 2008 at 08:49:17

my thoughts:

I probably shouldn't be, but I can't help but be stunned that we have an elected official in 2008 who still doesn't see the value of a revitalized downtown. Financially, economically, image-wise etc..... It's a no-brainer. As downtown goes, so goes the city. I guess Whitehead likes the fact that homes cost about $100,000 less on his side of Scenic Drive/Golf Links Rd. A renewed downtown brings in a ton of investment city wide. Our business parks would fill up, real estate values go up. As Bratina points out, tax assessment goes up (this is municipal politics 101 and apparently Whitehead doesn't even understand that - how the heck do we elect these guys??).

This is wrong-headed no matter how you slice it. If anyone doesn't like Ryan's above blog, please take it out on your elected officials who are paid to do what's best for this city. As another topic, it might be time to look at a Board of Control or commissioner board to make decisions at council. Leave the councillors to get cats out of trees and return phone calls about potholes.
The future of our city is too important to have selfish politicians throw it away.

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