Fayetteville's Big Dig - A Public Nuisance? | Street Jazz

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Fayetteville's Big Dig - A Public Nuisance?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 9:49 AM


Another day, another set of interviews with the “developers” of the empty pit that might one day be known as Renaissance Towers. When? Oh, 2010 they now reckon. Here’s the deal:

How many people in Fayetteville actually believe Richard Alexander and John Nock whenever they make these announcements anymore? You can’t just can’t keep going to the well too often with this sort of thing. They long-ago passed the stage where many folks were rolling their eyes at their pronouncements; no doubt open laughter will erupt at some time in the future, when these statements are made.

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch, you gotta wonder what sort of swimming pool it resembles this week, with the heavy rains.

In a very serious sense, the Big Dig is a Public Nuisance, in that a lot of people believe that it is actually driving business away from the downtown area. We don’t look like a thriving downtown, with that empty hole, the buildings looking like the set of a science fiction movie, and an unused crane.

Until - and unless - something actually starts happening - the downtown just looks like it is close to death.

What if the Hole-in-the-Ground-Gang can’t deliver on their tentative promise promise to have something in place by 2010, and just leaves us with this god awful whole in the ground? Can we charge them financial penalties? Over and above the monthly fees they are paying now, for having that crane out there?

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