Monday, April 12, 2010

Once more - it's the unhistory of it all

Once more into the breach I suppose.   I see ER mentions that there will be some retrospective discussion of the whole Fifth Forbes thing 10 years ago and I presume some obligatory gnashing over Murphy himself mixed in there. 

Funny that there is more notice of that than a shindig a few weeks ago with the guy himself here in town.  Granted it was a closed event, but still you wonder whether anyone asks him to talk on that history, good or bad.  He may just decline, I really don't know.  When you think about it... lots of local pols go to ground when they are out of office, even the ones who don't have such negatives.. even some who were quite popular.   Anyone hear from Bill Coyne much at all?  Long serving congressman for the city and environs and he still lives here.  Seems like he would be good on all sorts of subjects, and I will add he is also responsible for the strengthening of the tiered (aka Henry George) tax in the city when he was on city council.   How about that staple of local political punditry Tom Flaherty who is amazingly quiescent, but that you can mostly explain by his honor's new job on the court and all.


Anonymous MH said...

From the PG piece:

Murphy's spokesman Doug Root calling critics Bob O'Connor, Jim Ferlo and Alan Hertzberg an "unholy trio" (they would respectively become a mayor, state senator and county judge).

Isn't that saying that Mr. Root was accurate?

Monday, April 12, 2010 11:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While the work in the neighborhoods was to establish a new aesthetic for urban living, the downtown revitalization was a return to the central city's prominance in the region's retail. It's hard to make a retail district work on a store-by-store basis, and when the retail expansion bubble burst the whole thing unraveled. But the project did tap into the region's identity that downtown should be a successful retail district, something that was not at all widely held.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 7:58:00 AM  

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