The calliope is playing

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Here in our river city nestled on the shores of
the Mighty Mississippi River there has been talk of
improvement to our riverfront. RiverVision is being
talked about again.

We wonder why, at a time when taxes and fees were
raised two years in a row, some of our city leaders
think they have millions to pour into a park in a
flood plain.

Since we didn’t make the meeting we wonder why the
construction documents are going to cost a cool
million for a $5.7 million improvement to the park.
Seems a bit steep to change 9.5 acres of parking
lots into greenspace.

We don’t remember a big public outcry to change
the riverfront park after the riverboat moves on.
We have the skybridge to nowhere that lights up in
varying colors, the ferris wheel that lights up in
varying colors, the ball park, the bandshell, and
the old Dock there already.

And when all the parking lots are covered with
greenspace, where will people park during the Bix
road race and other downtown events? Guess the
parking ramps would finally see some use.

Sounds like the circus to us and if more color
changing lights are in the plan, it may just look
like one too.

On another note, we didn’t make the indoor car
show this year but found some pictures on the
QC Times.
Comments are always welcome.

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5 Responses to The calliope is playing

  1. Dale Gilmour says:

    I don’t see why is should cost almost $6 million to tear out some parking lots, haul in some dirt, and plant some grass. Maybe throw in a couple of cement benches, and you’re done. Thanks to Aldermen Matson and Dunn for pointing out that all surveys show more money should be spent on streets and sewers, not amenities. RiverVision is a good idea, but we can’t afford it.

  2. nitrous55 says:

    Can’t do a ribbon cutting on patched streets. Still can’t see why leave the levee alone. Fine the way it is. Just move the boat.

  3. cruisin2 says:

    Dale Gilmour,
    we agree and hope the council votes this down along with the broadband internet.

    nitrous55,
    the sky-bridge will still go to nowhere.

  4. nitrous55 says:

    It gets you across the street. So, it goes somewhere. And after all the outrage and name calling, we vote them all back in next election. Just as we will vote to retain the judge who is releasing a rapist to live in the neighborhood.

  5. cruisin2 says:

    nitrous55,
    the crosswalk gets us across the street just fine. We don’t vote that
    way but some of them keep getting back in anyway.

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