Mostly this is a good ol' fashioned Open Thread, but I do want to mention a couple things about the great bathroom debate of '07.
Here's the QCTimes article about how the council tabled this important restroom-related decision.
According to the article, "Professor" Lynn pointed out "At this price per square foot, I could buy a 1,500-square-foot house with all gold fixtures in it.”
That's real interesting there Bill, but has about as much to do with a flood-proof concession/restroom pavilion as if I'd pointed out that I could buy 525,000 McChicken sandwiches with that money.
Barb Ickes also gets into the act in her column, comparing the cost per square foot to structures many times the size of the proposed building, completely ignoring the economy of scale. She also continues the myth that all we'd get for our half million is a bathroom.
The funniest part of this to me is that this money is already budgeted towards the "Active Recreation" section of Centennial Park, so saving $200,000 by going with ugly prefab restrooms and no concessions, lockers, utility rooms, etc is only going to leave $200,000 more for fancier basketball hoops or something else for the park. Why not build a central hub for this segment of Centennial Park that will even earn income for the Levy Improvement Commission.
Sometimes I wonder if some of the Aldermen are the types to give kids $1 for Christmas and tell them to buy themselves some new roller skates and a pack of Bazooka Joe.