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How amusing, Leon, that you think everything is tied to this election--one in which, no matter who wins, it will not matter...the fix is still in, and the purveyors of influence are the only ones who will benefit. Elections are little more different than betting on one's favorite sport.
Rah, rah, ra...
WOW....looks like someone had way, way too much "Purple Kook-Aid" today. It must be because the Election is getting way to close to call....and the Democrat "Red Guard" are getting worried that their ..."Chairman"....Barack Hussein Obama and his "ashamed to be an American" Wife won't be living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue after the end of January 2013..............[beam]
It's somehow fitting, that Mesa should be the site of a library dedicated to the notorious war hawk, Barry AUH2O...
As a child, I viewed him as the man who, if elected, would have started WWIII, just out of a sense of, "hit them first, before they hit us!"
Nowadays, I actually long for people, especially Republicans, to be more like him...if he were still alive, the Tea Party crazies would have rode him outta town, on a rail, for being too Liberal!
Yep, time for Mesa to take its rightful place, among the highest echelons of regressive-thinking politicians.
What's next, the General Macarthur memorial Peace exhibit?
"Kill For Peace, Citizen!"
What else except ...."PRO-GAY"....could Barry Goldwater Sr......be, due to the circumstances.
Let's not forget that old Barry voted against the ....CIVIL RIGHTS ACT.
Oh....and let's hope they don't cover up the fact the Barry was one of Senator Joe McCarthy's biggest..............."SUPPORTERS".......too.
As a former owner of a downtown business the City is part of the problem. Yes this weekend there were lots of people downtown but it was centrally located between Center and MacDonald. Is that the only place there are restaurants and business in Mesa? NO. They always focus on that area so it can be close to the huge Mesa Art Center. Maybe if the City and Mayor Smith and DMA would concentrate on the whole downtown things could change. Country Club to Mesa Drive has business that could use the support of the Downtown and Mayor Smith and the DMA, but they seem to once again show their support to a few business in one City block. It is a shame, Mesa could be a beautiful Downtown Art mecca, but look at the business that have closed in the last year. Where was the support for those?
Vickiln,Don't know much about the restaurant business, do you? I don't know of any business that would invest 3-5 million dollars to build a world class restaurant in downtown Mesa. Take a look around. There's no building in downtown that could be easily brought up to present day codes to house a restaurant. Jimmy John's seems to be doing OK in the former Jack in the Box building.iL Vanaio, Kirk's, Desert Eagle, Grill on Main, Nunthaporn's, Monster Land and Bistro de la Cruz all serve beer and some serve mixed drinks too. That's just on Main Street, from Country Club to Center Street.Changing a hundred year old cultural aversion to alcohol won't happen over night.But, with the new blood on Council and at DMA you should have noticed a big difference in the type and number of activities going on downtown. The streets were jammed with people last night, till 1:00AM.I think we should tip our hats to Mayor Smith, Chris Bradey and David Short, of DMA for taking some very important steps to bring downtown Mesa back from the grave.
Vicklin- did you see the article on the "Entertainment District" zoning overlay they are considering for Downtown? Show up to the City Council meeting and support it. Although Downtown is not void of places that will serve you a beer and burger (Grill on Main) I hope the overlay will help negate the perception of Downtown being a Drytown.
While I think the Goldwater Library is positive in most ways, it will not change much more downtown Mesa than the art center has. In terms of people coming to downtown Mesa for an event, their is nothing there or even planned, that will keep them in downtown Mesa. There is a rather pitiful choice of restaurants, actually no restaurants at all that appeal to the masses or have hours conducive to real business, like maybe a steak house or a Applebees type business. That is due to the liquor issue. No beer with a burger or a pizza at all. Unless that ban disappears, people will continue on down the road to other spots other than downtown Mesa.
The posted cost of the library everywhere is $30 million, all privately funded and operated, with $10 million pledged by the Taiwan government....quoted by a city councilman. I can't be the only one who easily found that information in the original announcement this week. Even if the city donated the land that is currently sitting there empty, taxpayers aren't funding the library itself so I have no complaints.
This will increase the value of all the half-way houses, sex offender central, the Alhambra, on S. Macdonald, between Main and 1st Avenue.The writer failed to mention the subsidized housing project going in to the east of the library, and next door to the Mormon Church at Center and 1st Ave.It'll be interesting to watch it all unfold, and see where the money goes.
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