Rather than waste my breath and your time telling you how disgusted I am with the way this entire affair has been handled, and anyone who has had anything to do with it, I am going to do my best to make lemonade here and be positive.
Here are just a few of the things I urge you to do:
1—find out WHO told that survey firm to limit its report to only downtown sites.
2—insist, in the strongest terms---including litigation—that firm now survey sites out of the downtown at NO increase in cost to the city.
3---when that new report is done, or maybe even concurrent with it, call for any citizen to suggest what should be done with our Pit Bull. I’m sure you will get some irreverent ideas, even funny ones, but I strongly suspect you will get some solid ideas…and since the “professionals” have so badly screwed up, let’s hear from the average citizen. Gov. Bevin said he got some good ideas this way for state government, we can too.
Maybe it should be a park. Maybe an important art work should take its place..as the Picasso statue symbolizes Chicago, or that Troll eating the VW does in Seattle. Maybe it should be tied in to the Town Branch project. Whatever. We definitely need ideas.
4—above all, we need to agree on what went wrong. I am quite serious when I say the council should adopt a formal declaration, resolution, whatever that spells this out. Reasonable people can disagree, but I suspect there is a core of agreement here...which can provide a valuable guide for the future. “This is what went wrong. Step 1, Step 2, and so on.” This can help make sure we don’t fail again, and that is not guaranteed.
Good luck...you’ll need it.
I'm just sayin'...