So why not squeeze in another hotel?
No, City Council members Brian Haynes and Cecil Bothwell have the right idea — turn the vacant, city-owned parcel fronting St. Lawrence Basilica and the U.S. Cellular Center entirely into a park.
The way things stand now, an “advisory committee” [was] looking into the future of the Haywood Street acreage, close also to Pack Library and Malaprop’s Bookstore.
Beside conversion entirely into a park, tentative plans call for “mixed usage” — a small building and open space or construction of a parking garage. Granted, more parking space is needed downtown, but so is a place there in this vibrant area to sit down, sip coffee and enjoy the passing parade of tourists and locals, buskers included. Bobby Sax, the alto-blowing fixture outside most Cellular Center events, could headquarter himself in the new park — a contest could be held to come up for the name of it.
Objections to the park plan include a possible need for police protection. Well, our finest and the folks inhabiting Pritchard Park seem to get along well enough — why would things be any different several blocks up the street?
Some contend that conversion into a park would mean a loss of revenue — well, why not look elsewhere; hey, why not an increase in the hotel bed tax?
— Dave Rowe