I just read the article about the City Council providing money for the crucial improvement of Inn Street. I have been walking around the Downtown and the basic word that comes to my mind is, “Seedy”.
Of course, usually at this time of the year, ice and snow cover the ground. The cutting winds keep our eyes mostly shut not even allowing us to notice how beautiful our City is, let alone gaze out.
But the warm weather has caused me to notice the cigarette butts, the blowing trash, the leaf buildup; that’s bad for tourism…but those are all easy to clean up and remove.
But I’ve also been looking at the bent and sometimes non-functioning street lamps, broken brick, missing bollards – just seeing all these things definitely confirms the need to support the Downtown Group.
Recently, I went to one of the design hearings for Inn Street.
Not every one was happy that the lighting problem will not be resolved until phase 2; but understandingly, local business people appreciated the improvements anyhow.
Plus, as I see it, it gives everyone a chance to step back and analyze what is trying to be achieved and to see what is working and not working from phase 1.
At that same meeting, the proposed re-work on the covered walkways was met with very unhappy faces. It seemed it was another attempt by the City to ‘stab’ at a problem and do a chewing gum and spit approach – just to spend money for spending money’s sake even if it didn’t have enough money to do it right.
I was very pleased to hear that work on those ‘silos’ will be done during the next phase.
Lately, we’ve got this half-hearted approach seen in fixes all over town.
Instead, our over-riding principle should be to resolve issues by doing what’s right THE FIRST TIME not leaving a memorial to unprofessionalism.