I'm back after a few days to rest, relax, renew, and re-everything else at the side of a lake in Parts Unknown.
And what wonderful news I come back to! In fact, none other than THIS!!! The first project of the Inner Arbor project is having its groundbreaking.
Yes, it's the groundbreaking of the Chrysalis ampitheater. Now, don't get too excited, it's not a real chrysalis, and its not going to issue forth something that looks like a cross between Narcoleptic Bob and Athar the Bike Guy. That would be scary! And it is being designed by the guy who was super, super creepy when he gave that presentation at HCC a couple years ago. But, Marc Whatever His Name Is ain't here to charm anyone, Punky Brewster. He's here to design and build functional art and that is what he shall do!!!
Nope, this is simply the breaking of the soil for the construction of this sure to be fun and welcome addition to the Symphony Woods area. And, as the enemies of noise would hopefully attest, not a minute too soon.
It's smart for Michael McCall, aka Dick Boulton's bridge partner, to start with this project. For it's this project that will bring in additional revenue that will help fund future construction in this phase of the Inner Arbor development.
What.... this PHASE, you say? Indeed I do, effendi! The Inner Arbor buildings are Phase One. Phase Two will be the arts community that will be built, don't forget. But every journey starts with a single step and so this first, huge step is taken on Saturday.
As many people know, I was an early supporter of this project and worked...well, kinda hard.... to see this get passed and become reality. So Saturday morning will be kinda meaningful for me too.
Still, I wonder how many of those who haven't liked this project from the get-go, and still don't, will be there to shake their heads with great rue. I swear, those people are becoming the Westboro Baptist Church of Columbia. I hope they stay far, far away.
Join me on Saturday. RSVP. It'll be fun!!!
And let's be careful out there.
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