[imc-st.louis] hearing tomorrow
jisnut at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 14 11:04:09 PDT 2005
Excellent show of support from the friends, neighbors and volunteers of CAMP! Andy and everyone else who spoke did a fabulous job standing up for CAMP. I think it was very clear to all in the room that CAMP is an incredible asset to the community. The Alderman even acknowledged this himself.
...however it didnt look good with Alderman Craig Schmidts presentation of nine or so items (still including parking availability--despite much support from the speakers and evidence that most CAMP people are HIGHLY encouraged to arrive by foot/bike/bus etc. rather than by car) in opposition to their granting an occupancy permit. Three other nearby business owners and one police officer also opposed the permit. The opposition came armed with video footage and photos of the circus in the backyard last weekend claiming that these and other events are a detriment to the community when the crowds (especially comprised of neighborhood children) spill out into the street. If its not the children CAMP gets blamed for, its the police hating, anti-government vandals that CAMP is accused of attracting.
CAMP was complimented (?) numerous times by the opposition as being highly creative and able to generate large crowds. I think that is something to be proud of and hopefully something that will work to our advantage come election time when Mr. Schmidts number will be up. But perhaps if he and these business folks would pull the plugs out of their asses and come (by bike) to one of the events instead of spying from across the street theyd see how valuable the Community Arts and Media Project really is.
I wasnt clear on exactly how the decision process worked from this point or what its timeframe would be, but Im concerned about the bike-in movie nights that were being planned.
Ben West <westbywest at gmail.com> wrote:
How did the hearing go? How many people were able to attend and speak about CAMP?
On 7/13/05, andyandy at riseup.net <andyandy at riseup.net> wrote:So the zoning hearing for CAMP will be tomorrow (Thursday) at 8:30 am at
city hall. I believe the room number is 208, but we will have someone
wait in the lobby to direct folks to the proper room. The main point of
contention will be regarding parking spaces, but it will be helpful to
show our wide community support by having several attendees. We do not
want to bog down the process by having too many poeple repeating the same
points, so if you plan to speak please give me a call so that we can
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