I'm starting to see these forums as interesting, necessary evils.
Don't get me wrong – just like the first one, there were a lot of interesting people with tons of good ideas in the room, but the action plan on this is to have public forums with candidates for mayor, common council and county legislature in the spring, ahead of the 2009 local elections.
That feels like a long way off, and we need some change now.
Sunday's incarnation was smaller, with
I sat at a table with a young artist and two retirees, one of whom is actively involved with (or leads, maybe?) the CNY Public Art Forum, which hopes to get a public art space open in downtown Syracuse.
As with Thursday, our two top issues were public perception of downtown and storefront development.
Moving the bus hub also came up, for the second time, as did cutting red tape for potential small business owners.
I still think I'm getting something out of going to these, even if, at least at my seat, we're talking about some of the same issues: it's different people, with different ideas and different desires.
Action items for me include writing letters to Centro, the development committee and the MOST to think about moving the bus hub up to the old trolley ramp behind the museum. I think the MOST will get on board because it gives them more visibility, and since it's already an existing structure, the city won't have to enforce its eminent domain taking of the Red Cross building.
Sean Kirst also showed up to this one; here is