just the facts


Following the town’s Cultural Precinct Walk I left a comment on Evelyn Buck’s blog, which she saw fit to share for further discussion.

This stirred the ire and self-loathing troll lurking there to surface to reprimand me for sharing my opinion, because troll only appreciates facts. The troll even went so far as to insult the other readers there suggesting they are somehow incapable of judging for themselves.


This poor troll is offended by my sarcasm, because obviously the palette it prefers to paint the world around it is beige.

Josiah Warren and the four-page weekly paper “The Peaceful Revolutionist” he edited during 1833 was the antithesis of beige.

“To require conformity in the appreciation of sentiments or the interpretation of language, or uniformity of thought, feeling, or action, is a fundamental error in human legislation — a madness which would be only equaled by requiring all men to possess the same countenance, the same voice or the same stature.”

Yeah, that sounds healthy.

I’m happy to share facts, I do that a lot but don’t expect me to hold my opinion because it somehow offends your fuddy-duddy sensibilities.

That’s like asking Bautista to hit a home run but hold the bat-flip.

Aurora’s conversation was so controlled, so beige for so long. It’s nice to see it expand out with regular conversations taking place on Evelyn’s blog, the Comunity Focus site and growing list of facebook pages.

Want vanilla? It’s not like you can’t trust The Error to provide that.

One thing I like about The Auroran is that its coverage includes some heart and soul to it. I knew when I spotted Brock on the walk that there would be a good article on it and he didn’t disappoint you can find it here: http://www.newspapers-online.com/auroran/?p=12386

I’m glad he covered the overriding issue of parking, again a subject for a separate post.

As for the exercise of asking us to “fill in a number of blanks to flesh out a vision” here is a photo of that completed:

Now I’ll insert my “famous sarcastic editorial” of my experience witnessing the futility of said exercise by way of a cartoon:

While Aurora’s consultant was busy handing out Kindergarten cut and paste supplies in an attempt to capture feedback after the tour was over Jessica Lowry rolled out a citizen planning app called key to the street: http://keytothestreet.com/

By taking a picture with your smartphone, you can edit and add additional features, such as shrubs, flowers, and whatever else that comes to mind. It is a great way to collaborate ideas, and participate in urban design and city planning.

Here’s a video of it:

Fact: Key to the Street has been out since 2013.

So what’s FOTENN’s excuse?

Watts on your mind?

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