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Old 08-27-2013, 06:27 PM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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Voted down. Lot's of money wasted......whether you like the LENS or not.

http://www.wfla.com/story/23272117/s...rs-reject-lens


In Tuesday night's primary election, 63% of voters said the city should sever the contract with the architect of the Lens. 36% said the project should go ahead.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:40 PM
 
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What a hilariously short-sighted failure for a city that was working its way toward a top arts destination in the US. Anything with a price tag on it is apparently always, without question, a bad idea.

So what's the alternative now? No pier, the restoration of that brutalist inverted pyramid, or votes on new designs? I sure hope its the latter for St. Pete's sake.
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:08 PM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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What a hilariously short-sighted failure for a city that was working its way toward a top arts destination in the US. Anything with a price tag on it is apparently always, without question, a bad idea.

So what's the alternative now? No pier, the restoration of that brutalist inverted pyramid, or votes on new designs? I sure hope its the latter for St. Pete's sake.
Whatever they decide, I hope it in no way incorporates the ugly pile of concrete they have there now. Hopefully it will be torn down and rebuilt with something most people would like.
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:16 PM
 
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We have roads and bridges that need work and they wanna waste money on a stupid pier? Tear it down and forget it.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:40 AM
 
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I'd ban vehicles from the existing structure, tear down the stupid upside down pyramid and plant a bunch of palm trees in its place and leave the pier to strollers,fishermen and pelicans. Maybe with existing structure and a bit of creativity something like this .http://pictures.4ever.eu/data/674xX/...y%20175921.jpg
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Pinellas Park Florida
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Hmmm...Now we can concentrate on putting the Trop there.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:30 AM
 
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IF it was going to me more than a walkway, I would have been all for it...but to spend that kind of money on just a walkway is really stupid and counterintuitive.

St Pete needs an Ocean Drive.
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:19 AM
 
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Voted down. Lot's of money wasted......whether you like the LENS or not.
No...lots [sic] of money not wasted. You apparently haven't been following the story.

For that kind of big money they were going to spend, I'd rather see a new police station instead of the Eisenhower-era relic the city currently tries to manage with. The government should be spending its money on vital services, not ridiculous white elephants like the Lens.

To those who think that having a big, ugly, useless mess like the Lens is going to make us a "top arts destination", that's just sad. This has zero to do with the arts. People didn't visit downtown St Pete to see the crumbling pier, and they wouldn't visit a new embarrassing-looking one either.

CHASLS2 and jambo101 sound like responsible taxpayers.
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I like Jambo's idea.
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:50 AM
 
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I thought the lens was a bad idea. You need something that generates revenue to help maintain the place, once it is built. I think a boardwalk would be an ideal solution for that area.

If you have a big walkway(i.e. lens), the taxpayers will still be on the hook for it's upkeep, long after it's built.
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