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Don’t believe everything you hear 

Recently I attended a public design meeting concerned with public input as to the city’s plan for the new “downtown� area. Aside from city staff members and members of the various redevelopment committees, it would appear that I was the only person representing the public. Why was I the only one? Well, either no one else was interested or it was really bad advertising.

The project of redesigning the sunken gardens was displayed at this meeting. The plans were presented as in the final stages and everyone was told that construction would take place as soon as they put the finishing touches on them.

Days later I was privy to a letter that was being sent around stating what a success the meeting had been and that the sunken gardens project had been overwhelmingly approved by the public. That would be me. Oh boy! — Except I don’t remember overwhelmingly approving anything. In fact, I don’t remember being asked.

But, since I’m being quoted, I’d like to state that I neither approve of the plans presented that night for the sunken gardens nor do I approve of the idea of eminent domain that was so gleefully discussed.

In lieu of what I witnessed, it is my firm belief that property and business owners should make themselves aware of what the future holds for them.


Maria Hooper


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