Your Chamber of Commerce would have you believe that a business can buy a piece of riverfront land, and subsequently claim the right to have the property zoned to suit industrial trucking. That is to say, one industry and a few jobs trumps the vision and planning of an entire city.
Your city council, somehow, finds it in the best interest of its citizens to concede to a trucking industry within a sea of green, right on YOUR once-trashed-and-now-rehabilitated riverfront.
As a member of the downtown business community, I am fearful of a city that can bless a trucking industry into existence next to a landmark park and river that happens to be the soul of its being. I am fearful of a city that thinks less of all the businesses that have already invested in being downtown and that would prosper immensely from thoughtful development of the riverfront and a corridor linking downtown. I am fearful of a city that can't hold onto its own vision.
The city's ambition is to become "the most livable city west of the Rockies by 2025." Show me one city in the 21st century that has prospered by placing industry on its waterfront, and I will show you 50 that have benefited more from developing waterfronts and natural assets into the amenities that bring citizens, new business, and visitors to the thriving soul of the city.
I invite the theater, symphony, recreation, and business communities, and anyone with a stake in celebrating Las Colonias Park and Amphitheater to join me in turning around the damage that our city council and chamber would wish upon this city by reintroducing industry on the river. Vote on the future of a city and its river in April.