Metro Council just voted to approve John Summer's motion to withdraw the controversial Sylvan Park Overlay Bill. Summers continued to waste time charging opponents with a "campaign of misinformation" and a phone bank to influence the January-February 2006 vote, but he did relent.
It is a relief to have this thing behind us, regardless of the outcome (there was never a chance after last year that this thing was going to pass third reading). I wasn't comfortable siding with anyone in this ridiculous episode. Every time I tried to understand the warring sides' particular arguments, I came away feeling like I needed a bath for all the moral grayness creeping around and smothering any reasonable debate.
It was a sorry chapter both in the local history of neighborhood organizing and in the advancement of the idea of overlays.
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