Jeff Smith 12:01 p.m., March 29
Put It on a Postcard!
San Diego Selects Unfinished Central Library as City's Official "Iconic Image"
"When you've got weather like this..."
Much has been made over the proposal to erect a pair of 500-foot titanium rabbit ears at the end of the Midway Museum pier, and the possibility that such a project could eventually become a symbol of San Diego, something akin to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or Sydney's opera house.
But today, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to instead adopt the unfinished new Central Library as the official image of America's Finest-Weather City.
Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer explained the Council's decision in this wise: "By abandoning an ambitious public project that was somehow begun before the funds were in place to finish it, we feel we are creating a fitting monument to this city's pattern of governance. By abandoning a building, we honor the fact that San Diego is about outdoor living at its finest. By abandoning a library, we are honoring our city's refreshingly unintellectual character. And by walking away now, we save the city millions of dollars, which is important in these tight economic times."
Concluded Faulconer, "Maybe we'll let some of those graffiti kids do some murals of Shamu, or a koala bear. You know, give it that final touch."
More like this:
- Faulconer's State of the City: "Look at this adorable pug!" — Jan. 29, 2015
- Mayor Faulconer makes dramatic plea to save San Diego Opera — March 20, 2014
- Kevin Faulconer: "We can't run San Diego's government because we can't stop thinking about Bob Filner's sexual hijinks." — July 22, 2013
- Balboa Park[ing Garage] — July 10, 2012
- Netflix Spinoff Qwikster Pays $20 Million for Naming Rights to New Central Library — Sept. 28, 2011