Every few years one or more people bring up things that could be done to enhance the waterfront of the bay. Max Schmidt did it 40 years ago. He railed against walling off the bay. Did it do any good? No. I guess there was too much money to be made. Take a great environmental opportunity, the bay, and screw everything up just to make money.
As for Rob Quigley and the library, I made up my mind long ago that a main downtown library didn’t make sense. Sure, it’s a great monument to our political leaders. Most people who live outside Centre City will not commute to use it. So, does it make sense to spend a huge amount of money on a main library? Or should that money have been used in smaller, outlying, community-based libraries? Of course, that’s not Rob’s problem. He moves on making a commission and having his name bandied about in architectural publications. Good on you, Rob. Rob says, “If the Port reneges on the commitment to go forward with our [winning design], the city will never touch the water.” I think this says it all: the Port is in control. The governing body, in this case the Port District, is in a quandary. It doesn’t know what to do. So, it will probably look to Manchester and others who might make a buck, and that’s the direction that will be taken.