Local videographer Daniel Dronsfield has made a part two to his "The Sale of Kesey Square" series. Dronsfield came to the Downtown Solutions Forum at LCC's downtown campus Dec. 2 and interviewed Mayor Kitty Piercy, Councilor Betty Taylor, Senior City Planner Nan Laurence, The Barn Light owner Thomas Pettus-Czar and business owner and UO senior instructor of finance Ali Emami. See the video below the highlights. Find links to all EW's coverage of Kesey Square below the video.
Daniel Dronsfield narration: "After all these interviews and the forum, I heard a lot of things, but never did I hear anyone ardently advocate for apartments. Even the most prominent critics of the square seemed to harbor some hope for its salvation."
Councilor Betty Taylor: "Downtown belongs to everyone, it doesn’t just belong to people who have business down there."
-"We need more people to get involved. When it's gone, we can't get it back."
-"Obvsiously the city has never helped him," Betty Taylor says of Ali Emami's plan. "We've helped other businesses. I don't know why we haven't helped him do something to improve the area."
Zane Kesey: "Kesey Square is why I came and it seems like why most of the people came and boy they come up with a lot of good ideas."
Barn Light owner Thomas Pettus-Czar: "A lot of folks consider it to be very small in turns of public space. One cultural group will occupy the space and other folks don't feel comfortable sharing it."
Senior City Planner Nan Laurence: "It’s vacant the majority of the time or used by people who have no other place to go. And it's not nessecarily a safe place to be when that's the case. Places that are active have all kinds of people."
Business owner Ali Emami: "RFEI. It's biased. It excludes people from particpation. It has a really short time span, about five weeks. If I want to put a proposal together it costs about $40,000 just to give to the architects to put a plan for you together. It's not a fair game. It's biased. As they indicated in the press, they want to start building in May. So that tells you the process.
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