The more you follow projects, the more you can just “feel” that some things seem to cruise through the process while others seems to drag. This has always been a source of interest and curiosity to me, the very reason I tend to look into things and want to try and understand the process. If possible, I want to try and help.
When you see Dix Park fly through the process of creating a plan for 306 acres but Chavis, an existing park, take much longer to create the plan, you can’t help but wonder what’s going on.
To debate myself, Dix may be easier because it was never a park to begin with. It’s a “new beginning.” Chavis may be more complicated because you have very vocal neighbors running on nostalgia, who want things to be like it was “back in the day.” The history is amazing but is it realistic to bring it all back and expect the same result? And with a new, bigger city, bigger parks budget, is Chavis worth that amount of resources at the possible expense of parks in other parts of the city?
For me, I’m excited for the upcoming changes but there are certainly projects all over the city that drag and drag and drag. (read, never seem to happen even when bond money was approved years ago)
Just some reflection thoughts after reading that N&O article.