No loop?

The N&R’s Eric Swenson provides a good recap of potential bond projects along with some preliminary reactions from several council members.

Judging from the comments provided, the only project that appears doomed from the git go is Action Greensboro’s proposed Downtown Greenway Loop.  This reversal of fortunes suggests that the downtown booster organization may have run its course as the engine of change for how our center city is evolving. 

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4 Comments

  1. Karl
    Posted March 27, 2006 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    David:
    It appears that there are a couple of re-runs on the bond list from 2000 bond package. Swimming center and ICRM were both defeated in 2000. The only winner of public organization submitted bond items was the Natural Science Center’s Animal Discovery Project.

    All of the projects required a match of funds from the organization’s fund raising efforts. That’s why it took NSC so long to get started since Ed von der Lippe didn’t have the ability to raise the money until Eric Calhoun seriously took up the challenge.

    Will there be a private requirement for funds this time?

    OBTW ICRM has been trying to get open since 1995. I wonder if they will open by 2015?

  2. Posted March 27, 2006 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    I’d hate to write off the Greenway that fast, David. Action GSO is set to go away in July; the two projects you linked to, the ballpark and Center City Park, were certainly not without controversy. But I think they are and will be important to the economic recovery of downtown. The recovery we’re seeing didn’t happen in and of itself; it was championed by the very organization you seem to disdain.

  3. Posted March 27, 2006 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    I agree the two projects I cited are/were important Sue, that is why I gave them what I thought was a compliment when I characterized AG as “the engine of change.”

    I used to hold some disdain for AG, sure, but not so much anymore. As good an idea as it is, I still don’t see the ‘loop’ getting on the ballot during this cycle. But you are right, the organization has the horses to turn around the project’s chances if they so choose.

  4. Karl
    Posted March 28, 2006 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Sue and David …
    Remember ICRM made the ballot at 11:59 PM the for the 2000 election. It is all politics.