Melvin_Blubber

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Haymarket Landing has now been open for…

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A nerve has clearly been touched.

We've done this dance before, Sparky. Some prefer to signal their virtues in plain view, while others just try to be virtuous without the plaudits.

Haymarket Landing has now been open for…

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Yeah, you're sure "effing with me." My father had a phrase for what's going on: "He thinks he's three steps ahead and he's really five steps behind."

Not that this should matter, but I voted for Bernie and consider myself a Democrat. As I've said all along, I have a problem with wealthy people using lower-income taxpayers to subsidize their preferred leisure activities. Ir rubs me the wrong way. That's who drives efforts like this project. You don't find hordes of working-class people clamoring for new arts centers and boutiques. The pie is finite. At a time when Eau Claire teachers' salaries are abysmal and streets look like mine fields, certain things should take precedence over giving millions to projects like this.

We can cast nearly any sort of criticism as "whining." In fact, you're kind of whining right now, if I may be so liberal with the term as you are. You can employ whatever ad hominem you wish, but you and I both know that nine months in, it's kind of bad that 80% of that building sits vacant. Not kind of bad. Just bad. And anyone with much experience in life and open eyes probably should have figured this and more like it would be coming, particularly with the hyperbolic, lofty projections that invariably turn out to be horse hockey. Skepticism is in short supply these days and when you're playing with the money of mostly middle, lower-middle and lower class taxpayers, skepticism isn't just a good idea, it's imperative. This entire project proceeded with limited skepticism and, as near as I could tell, anyone who did offer some was met with the sort of silliness you're trying (and failing) to use to silence skeptics.

Haymarket Landing has now been open for…

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Of course. Somebody needs to dust the empty counters and keep the ghosts of Eau Claire past company.

"Helloooooooo! Echoooooooooo! Helloooooooo! Echo!!!!!!"

I think my favorite bit of propaganda with this whole boondoggle was the stat on the "population" downtown during daylight hours. Also known as "working hours." Brilliant! After all, if there are more people downtown at 10 AM on a Monday, that must mean that those folks will be itching to stop in at the boutique or do some yoga. Hey, how about a paddleboard, too?!?!

Is there etiquette for taking pictures on…

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It's symptomatic of a larger obliviousness to others and general rudeness. It's the people who have their shopping cart blocking the grocery aisle and give you a dirty look when you say, "Excuse me." It's the people who walk two or three abreast on path after a dozen joggers and cyclists have had to ask them to move over. It's the person planted in the passing lane with a line of cars behind them. We're all living in THEIR world.

The tediously harmonized falsetto of a…

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replied to: Let me guess, you play in a band? The…

Makes perfect sense. Until you meet someone who doesn't conform to your tastes yet isn't part of any band, of course. Then it's back to the drawing board.

The tediously harmonized falsetto of a…

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If no one's opinion of the band matters, why even write stories about them?

I'm always fascinated by the relativist belief system, particularly when applied to pop culture. So the Beatles have no greater musical value or, if you wish, are no "better" than Taylor Swift or Bruno Mars? It's all merely a matter of "taste?" Interesting. Out of curiosity are any posts here better than others or should I regard your response to the not-down-with-Bon Iver-poster the same as I regard a grizzly fart in the forest?

I've noticed that some opinions here that go against popular orthodoxy of the hip crowd are not only unwanted, but discouraged. That's an interesting mindset.

NEW IMAGES: Haymarket Plaza Concept

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replied to: How come so much grass???? In original…

Nothing...and I do mean nothing...beautifies a piece of land like power outlets. Throw in some more blacktop too, for crying out loud. And I couldn't agree more about grass. If there's one thing that lacks resilience it would have to be grass. It would never hold up, what with all the feet that will be beating paths down to the Haymarket Plaza for shopping and such, just like all the retail businesses that have been beating a path to open in Haymarket Plaza.

Instead of keeping family members out of…

Melvin_Blubber

Maintaining a crime scene 24 hours after a murder is important. What would you do if it was your responsibility to do just that and someone refused to do that, to the point of using force to try to enter the scene?

Also, at what intersections are you seeing most "red light runners?"

Over 4 Years Later, Confluence Project…

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Indeed. It really should be placed up there on the mantel shelf next to putting a man in space in a few short years of a space program or Yahweh's creation of the universe in less than a week.

Over 4 Years Later, Confluence Project…

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Pat back much?

Say, I take it that Haymarket must now been filled after several months, right?

"Shut up and get in line!"

"Do you know how many balloons I blew for this project?!?!"

The really heavy lifting. As we all know, few things are heavier than funds raised on the backs of others.

Does anyone know what shops they're…

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replied to: The Haymarket is owned privately and the…

No, the taxpayers will have picked up the tab if/when their investment is not returned. That may happen if the boutiques sit empty and are eventually converted into non-commercial spaces.

Do you think this venture is highly likely to succeed? If so, upon what do you base this conclusion?

People are supposed to be skeptical, particularly when it involves several million dollars. In a culture where people no longer deal well with criticism, "skepticism" is regarded as a derogatory term.
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Reviewed: Pizza Ranch

Hard to believe a place called "The Pizza Ranch" offers sub-par food and is lacking in atmosphere. Next someone will tell me that "Golden Corral" isn't a dining experience to behold.

Council Gives Final OK to Confluence…

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Ah, you're talking about the beautiful human being who pled "no contest" to violating the state's hazardous waste laws in 1997. And because we live in a system of rich man's justice vs. poor man's justice, he got hit with a $1.5 million fine, which he makes in what, a week? What a guy. The allegation, by the way, in that case, was that Menard was personally disposing of toxic chemicals in his garbage. What do you think would happen if a poor person was going around, recklessly or deliberately exposing them to poison?

And I can't express how much disdain I have for the gutless, spineless cowards in local and state government who kowtow to this man. 'Cuz, you know, like, "jobs." At what price to community with having toxic waste around? And, in this case, the "toxic waste" to which I refer is not the matter lying on the bed of the pickup truck.

http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2013/06/20/murphys-law-the-strange-life-of-john-menard/

http://www.milwaukeemag.com/2011/02/01/johnmenard_retailbizarro/

http://www.jsonline.com/business/114143619.html