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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Alternative Courthouse Site

Well, not that Ronald Brown Charter School has lost its source of funding and charter, a brand new block has opened up for the courthouse - with just the right location, just the right footprint and very few homes or businesses to destroy. The Charter school owns the whole block between Boas, Third, part of Forster and part of Green, including the two biggest buildings there. Seems a perfect location. All we lose is a Subway, which can move up on Third to the bar formerly knows as Nick's or the restaurant formerly known as The Italian Market.

9 Comments:

Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

Hey - GSA is back lurking, using a direct link this time. So how about it? Wouldn't that be a great site instead of the others?

May 24, 2006  
Blogger TattooJim said...

GSA...you out there? Don't underestimate the power of us little peons...pick a place that displaces our urban history, or displaces families.. and we'll tie you up in court for so long it will NEVER be built. Public sentiment is swinging our way. People are tired of your heavy handedness. People are tired of you making decisions that effect us in a vaccumm. We may be a hugly diverse dirty little city but give us a common enemy to unite us and watch out...nuff said

May 25, 2006  
Blogger Aries708 said...

Let's face it, GSA has only ever really had one location picked out and that is the North/Green/Forster/3rd site. GSA had to be told by outside individuals about Jackson Lick and Cumberland Court.

There goes the tax base and businesses and historic homes and fantastic neighborhood...

Ah the tyranny of government run by bureaucrats...

May 29, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

I think you are wrong. They have no intention of taking the Forster location.

May 30, 2006  
Blogger Jones1234 said...

you don't think??

May 30, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

I really don't. I think the easiest and cheapest is the Cumberland Court location. There's just one owner, and he will be happy as long as he gets fair market. Sure, they will have to relocate some renters, but it will be much easier than the lawsuits and appeals from business owners on Third. They will take the path of least resistance if it also meets their space requirements

May 30, 2006  
Blogger Aries708 said...

I hope you are right. I agree with your logic, but my gut says otherwise. I work in government and time again when the smoke clears crazy decisions are made.

Not everyone in the game is a rational player.

I also agree that one hell of a fight is going to be had if the North/Green/Forster/Third location is selected. Livelihoods and private property are at stake.

The bottom line, and everyone in town seems to be of one mind on this, is that GSA performed disappointingly in picking the final three sites.

Right now, this is such a no win situation. Maybe the next Act will be better.

May 30, 2006  
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