Your headline and article make it sound like the building will be demolished to make room for the park, but it won't. The building will remain and be renovated to accommodate a new (maybe more than 1?) tenant. There are renderings of the renovations with some of the park renderings that look quite nice.
If you're referring to the Observer comments, as disheartening as they are, they're not to be taken seriously. They really read like its the same 3-5 people spamming the comments under different names. There has been a lot of vitriol over issues on there that then pass with 75% of the vote. Again I agree with your points whole heartedly and am just as disillusioned with the 2-party system in a larger sense, but I'm optimistic that the crazier far-right our state government gets, the quicker its going to inspire a successful backlash.
I agree DLP, but we're not in a hopelessly deep red state, we're in a state that had a temper tantrum jerk to the right last election. Clearly some moderates and independents were swayed. Now with SUCH an overzealous and embarrassing group running the state, I don't see any reason that we won't swing back to normalcy before too long. Maybe I'm being too optimistic but there's also always the slow but steady generational and demographic push to help things in that direction.
I have a hard time imagining they could keep their majority next election. It doesn't seem to me like all these comically backwards proposals happening at such frequency are doing much to make conservatives happy. Even if they agree with them, its all pretty transparent pandering and I think all but the most far right voters are starting to see that the current house doesn't give a shit about creating jobs, and are taking note of our slipping national reputation.
Looking pretty good. I know a lot of people will be upset about any change to Neighborhood, and its a bit sad for me too, but I'm hoping this will age nicely and gradually get the murals, layers of stickers, grit, and idiosyncrasies that have always made it a cool place, just on top of some better bones (better bar, sound system, and bathrooms).
Fair enough, I guess I didn't see the right parts of those cities. However I stated that my metric was a very unscientific one based on my impressions of a place, and I don't REALLY think "hipsterism" is adequately gauged by number of vintage stores and dive bars. Its a word that has almost lost all meaning because people freely apply it to anyone under 30 with the slightest bit of quirk to them.
I think there are several other similar size cities that seem "less hipster" than us: Indianapolis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Tampa, Jacksonville...
But by their criteria I guess yeah, we don't have shit for vintage stores and record stores, and our design community (as a barometer of one category of 'artsy' jobs I can attest to) is embarrassingly smaller than that of Winston Salem or Durham.
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