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Fancy Parking Garage Still Parking Garage

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, August 26, 2005, at 12:48AM
Police Motorpool Presentation Eric Richardson [Flickr]

I had a class to go to tonight, so I couldn't stay for the whole thing, but I stopped by City Hall this evening for the first 45 minutes or so of a community meeting to discuss the motorpool and parking garage component of the new Police headquarters project. The meeting was put on by CD9, and Jan Perry got things started, but then most of the presentation that I was there for was given by the architect in charge of this part of the project.

I find meetings like this one funny to attend because you get a lot of people complaining about things that you feel absolutely the opposite about. For instance, one guy said that "most of the people in [the] room" would prefer a two-story garage to a five-story one, but I couldn't care less how high they want to make it. This is Downtown. We like height. Then someone else said they thought the proposed mesh face was ugly and asked for something resembling the garage across from the Reagan building. I think that garage is dull and sterile.

The overwhelming sentiment, though, was that the designs themselves are just fine, but no one wants the facility to go where it's proposed to go.

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