Doug Loudenback is one of the city’s leading bloggers. Not only has he closely followed the MAPS campaign and implementation, but he was also active in the study sessions on the downtown streetcar system. And as I post this link, I must fully disclose I am caught in between two people I respect, admire, and with whom I share a great passion for this city’s history. The three of us have dined together, shared laughs and a few rants.
To read all of Doug’s post, go here. The video above clearly consumed much of Doug’s time and effort, and he obviously feels very strongly that things are threatening to go off track.
All I will say on this matter is don’t be surprised if there are more issues ahead. We know that one council seat, Ward 2, will be filled with a new face who may or may not decide to abide by his predecessor’s promises (the MAPS 3 resolution, unlike previous MAPS initiatives, is non-binding). We also know that two other seats held by incumbents Meg Salyer and Pat Ryan are being challenged by individuals who may have different views on several of the MAPS 3 items.
At the end of the day it’s important to note that regardless of his likability, his promises on the campaign trail, etc., Mick Cornett may discover himself in an uncomfortable position held much more often by his predecessors Kirk Humphreys and Ron Norick: he is one of nine votes.
It’s not as if this should have been a surprise to anybody. Let the butchering of the steer begin.