“Renovation” my ass

The only thing more misleading than the online headline: “New renovation plan proposed for War Memorial Stadium” is the opening line of the article that appears in today’s N&R: “The city’s War Memorial Stadium might soon get a long-awaited facelift….”wms6-whats-left-sm

Characterizing the demolition of 99% of a structure as a “renovation” and a ” facelift” is akin to terming the practice of slavery as merely a civil rights violation.  

The  architectural rendering provided for Scheme 6 depicts the extent of the “facelift” that is currently on the table.  The four little black boxes you see will be all that is left following the stadium’s “renovation”.  All of the light blue - which is the stadium itself –  goes to the landfill.

The headline for the print edition of the article did a better job of  capturing the truth of the matter: “City plan would save historic stadium’s arch.”

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5 Comments

  1. Jim Caserta
    Posted April 15, 2010 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Is the full proposal available in electronic form? If it is something the city gov’t is going to do, couldn’t it be made available?

  2. Posted April 15, 2010 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    There is no actual proposal yet Jim. Only the renderings are available which have now all been posted here.

    City Council and everyone else is digesting it as you are.

  3. Jeff Deal
    Posted April 15, 2010 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Scheme 6 reminds me of a spaghetti Western set.

  4. bill
    Posted April 15, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    David,
    You’re right on target. This historic site needs some group to step up and preserve it.
    I think we’ll regret what’s about to happen.

  5. Jim Caserta
    Posted April 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Have you posted renderings for options other than #6? Just trying to have a point of comparison.