Well I guess that once you become a former Alderman (elder statesman?) the light becomes brighter and your able to see ALL the answers, right?
The EX Alderman from Ward Two had a perfect opportunity to "stay the course" by remaining on the Board as he was not yet termed out, but he (like three others) decided not to run again. Now that's all fine and dandy, but does that make him an expert in City planning?
The BOA did issue an RFP for a "planner" and there were no takers. The planner that was of record resigned from the position, so what else would he have us do to find one? By the way, the last one, after the one that resigned recommended a park be built, so why look any further?
I noticed that he also said that " I believe it's the former elected officials you mentioned and the hundreds of Crestwood residents who staged rallies and attended meetings demonstrated their wishes that the Mall be re developed." Again does he mean the MCU group (most of whom do not live here,) as I don't remember seeing anywhere near "hundreds" demonstrating" anywhere in Crestwood. If so, there were not "hundreds." by anyone's count (unless one count's as the DNC chair does, 1=5,000.)
Do we ALL want something done with the old Mall? You bet we do, but we (I) do not want to give up a TIF, TDD, or CID to get something that will fail in lass time that it takes to sunset the give away.
A poor business decision by Centrum is not our fault, nor is it our responsibility to bail them out of THEIR "elephant in the living room." The property is for sale, someone will buy it and all the posturing, complaining, and 10 person demonstrations will come to an end.
Now as we do not own that part of Crestwood, let's wait and see what the next offering is, who knows, we may yet see a thriving retail grouping that will please everybody, but somehow, I doubt it, and so it goes.