Did you catch the LoCO post that explored the several options for development of the so-called “C 2 F” area of downtown Eureka?
They were all very interesting, and Rob Holmlund and the City of Eureka should warmly thank the person they gave a pack of colored pencils and a ruler to in order for the different plans to be drawn up. THC doesn’t lean terribly strongly towards any one of the options – which we’ll get into shortly – but thought some of the ideas were very avant-garde. Take Option A (below), for example. Is that…water? Next to water? Wow! What genius! Finally, a human sized bird bath for transients, smack-dab in glorious Old Town.
But we digress. The reason that THC doesn’t lean one way or another towards any of the options presented is because of one very simple reason: none of them will actually come to fruition!
While we feel that way about each and every one of those charette-spawned abominations of feckless public planning, THC cannot stress strongly enough that the multiple options that have significant stretches of green-space and water features are even more unrealistic than the rest!
Let’s be very honest about something. There is absolutely no room in the City of Eureka budget to fund park spaces like that. Hell, Eureka can barely keep their existing parks from all turning into the Devil’s Playground. (In an uncharacteristic act of forward-thinking, the City did use some of their Parks and Rec. funding to create a thorough-fare for Eureka High students to go straight from school to a fenced-in homeless haven, also known as Cooper’s Gulch.)
And there are no plans to attract people who would want to develop the other potential shops and buildings and infrastructure anyway. Ridiculous! As our friend Sammy would (and did!) say, these are all pipe dreams. Pretty pictures on pieces of paper meant to distract Humboldt from the real problems that Eureka is having, while trying to provide some justification that something productive is actually occurring.
Unfortunately, Holmlund and the City of Eureka are probably emboldened by the sentiments of people like this poor sap of a LoCO commenter:
Come to think of it, maybe Julian Hooligan Murillo was on to something – a “boardwalk with rides and what not” would bring the town of Eureka even closer to becoming what its City Government already is – a complete friggin’ circus.
Here are some further thoughts from perennial THC commenter Sammy on Holmlund’s Portland-ification of Eureka.
“And more still is the City of Eureka’s planning dufus, er, um Director trying to make old town look like Portland! Parklets my patootie. . . they will turn into pee/sleep/trick turn spots for the homeless at night. Question: whose Insurance is covering all of them? The business that they are in front of? Does it cover all of the predictable foreseeable issues some mentioned above? Does it cover the awful car crashing into folks going 20 + miles an hour? OR is that the City’s Insurance that is going to pay for those damages? Right where folks want and historically HAVE parked their cars. Yep, a Genius in his own mind that Rob Holmlund (ever watch him do a presentation at the podium as opposed to from his table? he constantly grinds his hips-GROSS) with the help of Sparky the Moron who is only here to retire on our dime.
And the food trucks idea…. DUDES we do have restaurants here that need our support or did you even know that???
And the Vacation rental idea. . . what about all of the folks that do NOT want to vacation on the city’s west side and would like to be on the east side or Lumbar hills? Do THOSE folks know this is coming to their neighborhoods? What about the hotels folks? Were they even NOTICED or CALLED?????
Really good investment in jobs guys —– NO, don’t work hard to build homes for families – working with the future residents to build them along with our MANY out of work residents. Don’t ask the others in the same or similar industries to see what ideas they may have or how they feel about it…
Here’s an idea, Hey ROB HOLMLUND, if you like Portland so much MOVE THERE! And Sparky, he needs to GO and NOW.”
THC can’t speak to all of Sammy’s points, here. But you gotta love her fire. And that she thinks the dumb asses that the City of Eureka are paying $$100-116k per year should just pack up and leave, because we’ll be damned if they’re doing us a lick of good.