Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Billboardurgher that keeps on giving

Given the gnashing that erupted over a single billboard, is the state of pensions and the parking lease that much of a surprise?   I had half forgotten about the billboard story until yesterday's understated update on the imbroglio. When you really think about it, lots of seeds in that little episode grew into the tree trunks today clogging city government.  Before that the big consternation on the 5th floor had to do with a few take home cars.  Remember that? That turned out to have a simple solution. Now where to park those cars?  That is another problem altogether.

I promised myself....  no chair jokes.  Only ambivalence toward chair here.

I really had forgotten that the actual court ruling we covered in June. That post had a link to the actual court opinion, and also some links to the Lamar Digitial Billboard Blog.  no joke.    I guess the update this week is a) the time for further appeals expired without any filing and 2) this new call to literally remove the billboard. 

I was thinking... what if there was some other use for the sign?  I am thinking a place you could tweet messages to and see them displayed up there.  Sort of a Chalkbot on the wall. I'm sure that would be trivial for Nathan to set up. Unfortunately, that would probably would be in violation of same regulations that did the sign in in the first place. or at the very least open up city to litigation from Lamar for them not being allowed to do the same thing in a sense. 

Which is the missing piece of yesterday's story.  Wasn't Lamar going to sue the city at some point over this all?   Something is up with that I bet. Formally or informally that litigation has begun. The best part of the story yesterday is just the passing note that the acting acting BBI head sent an email asking for advice from the attorneys. I'd punt as well in his spot. I'd be more like duck and cover given how radioactive the sign has been. 

On a side note.  You know I do hate euphemisms.. Can we at least stop calling it the Grant Street Transportation Center.  It is just a big parking lot and the old bus station; same as it has been since long before memorialized by Paul and Art. Cleaner for sure, but that's it.  All the other pieces were stripped from the design long ago.  Remember, it was going at one point to be this intermodal hub. Bus, parking, light rail, maybe even the Amtrak station all in one. Forget that.  Last I heard Amtrak didn't even want the people waiting for the bus near their station. What is the opposite of 'intermodal'?

As an alternative maybe we can name the place for Bram or something, since he may have as much emotional attachment to the place as anyone.


Anonymous MH said...

Can we at least stop calling it the Grant Street Transportation Center.

If the old bus station gets replaced or repurposed and I'm still around, that's when I'll start to call it the Transportation Center.

Thursday, December 16, 2010 9:54:00 AM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

Name it after Rich. If it weren't for him they would have turned it on the "giant glowing board" before anyone noticed it.

Thursday, December 16, 2010 10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous johnnyg said...

Oh. As one who spent many hours in the departure hall of the old bus station and scary, scary days and nights parking in the old garage (I finally left after water pipes froze and burst turning the exit ramps into luge slides for cars and my car was vandalized--twice) it's a new station and new garage alright.

Thursday, December 16, 2010 11:08:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

Name it after Rich.

"Lord's Transportation Center" sounds a bit like a mortuary.

Thursday, December 16, 2010 2:48:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Lord's Digital Display at Bram's Bus Station.

Friday, December 17, 2010 8:30:00 AM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

Lord's Digital Non-Display at Bram's Gondola Station.

Friday, December 17, 2010 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

The Grant & Liberty UniModal Hub Of Bus Origination. (GLUM HOBO)

Friday, December 17, 2010 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Or Ford's Folly.

Friday, December 17, 2010 12:59:00 PM  

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