When I wake up in the morning, I start apologizing to everybody I see, knowing that there must be something I said or did that requires an apology.
When Watchdog is wrong, that means the Naperville city council is right. In this case it was about the Water Street Project. I hammered away at the project, almost relentlessly. I said the project was too big, too dense, too tall, too many bricks, and way too narrow for comfort and ease of transportation. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
One of my favorite Watchdog embeds was the following one showing what I thought would be a typical driving experience on Water street:
It turned out to be nothing like that, even though I still like the video.
A good friend of mine suggested getting together for a cup of coffee at Sparrow Coffee on Water street and walking a short distance across the street to the Jaycees Park. I pulled off Main Street to Water street and the one block drive was like being in a different world; quiet, spacious, and ample street parking. I met him at Sparrow and we walked to the park next to the Municipal Center. Again, ample seating, quiet, scenic, and a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
So what did I learn from this. Not that I could be wrong, I already knew that, I learned that it’s probably a good thing that I am not on the city council, making decisions on the wrong side of right. I was reminded that city council members do the best they can, when making decisions, and that’s all we can ask for from our city officials.