I have been tapped as the Best Local Politician in the Mountain Xpress poll for six years running — ever since I was elected to Council. That’s entirely because I try to vote the interests of those who elected me.
Unfortunately, many elected officials forget they are representatives and imagine they know better than the people who elected them. It often seems to require superhuman efforts to get Council to listen. (Think of the apartments in Kenilworth, which cost neighbors thousands to defeat. Or those on Fairview Road who failed.)
This year’s election offers a chance to change the direction of City Council. St. Lawrence Green offers a line in the sand. City staff is peddling the land opposite the Civic Center for a high-rise development, another high-rise in a forest popping up like toadstools. Some Council candidates offer wishy-washy mumbles suggesting that we can sell the land but still create a public space. The plaza they are proposing is not green and not public — it would be privately owned and controlled.
Brian Haynes, Rich Lee and Keith Young have endorsed preservation of St. Lawrence Green as a public space. That’s one of many reasons I have endorsed them for Council. We need them on City Council, and I could use the help.
— Cecil Bothwell