Original post made by resident, Downtown, on Nov 13, 2009
The neighbors rightly protested the move when none of them had any input about the congestion, the 24/7 noise or the complete disruption of their lives over a period of two months. The bait and switch, done behind Fiahlo's closed door, backfired. For many good reasons, most outlined in a thread here several months ago, that potential disaster was scrapped.
The rink is back at the library lot where it did not need to go and should not have been placed. Time will tell about the impact on the lives of those who live near there and those who use the library. The city will likely be on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in expenses (want to bet that none of us will EVER have access to those records?) and the neighbors will suffer the disruption for a rink that proposes to charge far too much for an activity that cannot even take place if our El Nino year brings the expected rains this season.
The bottom line is that these things should not be done without input from those who are affected. This is another case of the egos of those who run this city getting in the way of doing the right thing. Community of character? Not!