Thursday, November 10, 2016


I should be writing about the County Council's passage of Downtown Columbia legislation last night, but I don't have it in me. I'm still reeling from the national election, just exhausted. I'll need another twenty-four hours to get my thoughts together on this vote and what it means.

If you want more info on last night's meeting, Ian Kennedy was live-tweeting @iankennedy7 . So was @hocoapfo , if you are looking for a contrasting view. Fatimah Waseem's write-up for the HoCo Times is here.

I remember my mother telling me that the hardest part of being an adult was realizing that most decisions weren't black or white, but far more complicated and nuanced. At the time this was not something I wanted to hear. As an adolescent I was pretty clear about the difference between right and wrong and I wanted none of that shades of gray nonsense.

And yet.

This decision on Downtown has been one of those complicated issues for me. And a lot of that has to do with my deep respect for Councilwoman Jen Terrasa. When someone you have come to trust is asking big questions, it matters. And for me the progress for Downtown Columbia must be balanced with those questions.

So give me a little more time to get this right.



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