I attended the Cedar-Lee Streetscape "Public Open House" this evening.
It was very demoralizing. Essentially, the Cedar-Lee Special Improvement District (business organization) is calling all the shots.
It's just an elective project that will or won't take place based on how much public funding can be found. Whatever the SID prioritized is what will be in "Phase I". And Phase II. And phase III. And...
Even the "Comments" card gets returned to the SID. A couple council members were there, and the Planning Director. But it was clear that The SID, and maybe just the head of that group, had the consultants' ears.
They're going to do something with no foresight, and they'll do it on the cheap. No coordination with any other civic groups or private citizens, and just the bare minimum with entities like the sewer district and the utilities.
It will be lipstick on a pig, intended solely to draw more people into the grocery store and restaurants. No consideration for anyone else.
Well, that's my opinion. What's your's?