After the dramatic failure of the city with respect to a taxpayer funded baseball stadium (which was supported by their non-scientific surveys), they’ve decided to gather more wisdom from the same failed technique.
(PortCityDaily.com) As an extension to its recent “debriefing” with stakeholders on the positives and negatives of last month’s Martin Luther King Parade downtown, the City of Wilmington has posted an online survey asking residents’ opinions on its route, time and parking situation among other aspects.
Sadly, the survey will be useless, provide nothing of value and won’t be worth the paper it might well be printed on. If they city truly wanted to solve a problem, they might actually use their highly compensated staff to do some research or work along those lines. Heck, even putting together a Citizens Advisory Committee would provide more useful information. But again, this council and this management team does not have a strong record of looking for solutions. It does have a habit of seeking out external validation.
Councilman Charlie Rivenbark tried to add some saliency to the situation saying the event’s apparent problems, like the gaps and the access points for business employees to come and go, were individually “minor” concerns that could disappear with some tightening and tweaking. “We ain’t got to reinvent the wheel here, and they can make that thing run just as smooth as butter,” said Rivenbark.
Sadly, the city seems hellbent on reinventing the wheel with virtually everything it does from convention centers, to baseball stadiums, to parade route planning, to parking and to a stubborn refusal to get actual data.
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