Tuesday, August 07, 2007

the little white paper that could


a little "white paper" was passed out at today's meeting at City Council Chambers at 3pm.

It was completed a few hours before the plans were officially released to the public today, and is stamped with a date and time of completion. Version 2.0 is the most recent and proper version. It can be accessed by clicking on the green button below:

Additionally, the button will appear on the right hand side of this blog for a while.

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But the paper should now be read with a few caveats.

First, during today's meeting, it came up that not every single one of the mature trees near the sidwalks will be removed. However, all if not most of the mature trees in the medians will be removed.

Second, it was stated that in addition to parking, the medians need to be removed to access the deteriorating wires used for lighting connections. That point was not included in version 2.0 of the paper. However, one attendee mentioned that the wiring could possibly be deactivated and left in the ground with the medians, as an alternative electric source can be connected to power the lighting. Is this a possible solution to part of the problem?

Upcoming posts will be include links to media coverage, in additional to providing some suggestions for compromise and ways to ameliorate public involvement.

Videos were up at wytv.com and wfmj.com as of 9pm.

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But even with those caveats, the story remains the same.

For the entirety of this project, especially since 2005, public input has rarely been sought and public disclosure has rarely been provided.

These criticisms of the process are independent of the final design.

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And if you're reading this blog for the first time and don't have a clue what I'm speaking about, please read the report.

It's not a perfect document, but it gives an alright overview of the issue at hand - one which concerns many people who care about the future of downtown youngstown.

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