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Cynicism abounds at the Café today. The overwhelming reader response seems to be that the Civic Center Complex either isn’t going to happen, or will happen with unfortunate results.

Reader Simple Guy says:

Any visionary plan for a public-private partnership at this site will be shot down by the inevitable storm of accusations of corruption, corporate welfare, public giveaways and the City getting rolled by crafty developers.

Reader Point Loman says:

There are way too many conspiracy theorists in this city and not nearly enough visionaries. Too many NIMBY’s and not enough people who think about what’s good for ALL of us. And there are too many “candidates” not enough leaders. Sadly, this project will never get off the ground.

Given that this complex will serve city staff, among others, it seems fair that they should get a say about what features the new buildings might incorporate.

Reader City Staffer has some complaints about the current accommodations:

As someone who works in the City Administration Building, I’d like to see a City Hall that isn’t full of asbestos, that has fire extinguishers, and that isn’t so old and creaky that people take jobs in other buildings just to avoid being there.

Ugh. What a depressing picture this paints. Anyone out there have some solutions to the misery you see? What about reader Mark Schaeffer’s suggestion that the city buy instead of lease downtown space? Are there modifications that could be made to the existing site to make it more usable?

— JENNIFER McENTEE

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