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A Green City Hall Means a Colorful Christmas

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at 08:43AM
IMG_0267.jpg Sean Bonner [Flickr]

The recent greening of City Hall sparked a good bit of conversation. My first thought on seeing it, though, was to wonder if this meant that Jan Perry's March 2006 Holiday Lighting motion was finally coming to pass.

Jan's motion asked various City departments to report on what it might take to get a little holiday lighting going, particularly in Downtown. In the course of discussion the lighting of City Hall came up as a primary objective and GSD spec'ed out what such lighting might cost. In the end nothing happened in time for the 2006 holiday season.

I emailed Jan's office to ask if the green lighting was the same lighting that GSD had recommended, and if this then meant that City Hall would be getting a seasonally-appropriate coloring around Christmas. The answer finally came back, "Yes and yes."

Facts you might not know: City Hall has 225 lights illuminating its exterior. Fitting those lights with lens holders was projected to cost $33,000, and each set of colored lenses was said to run $15,000.


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