A Civic Mess -- And It's Not Snow

The results are in for the Daniel Libeskind-proposed redesign of Civic Center, and the public's responses are being unveiled tonight at the Denver Parks & Recreation Advisory Board hearing. But you wouldn't know that from the city's website. There's nothing on the city's homepage, and if you click over to the parks and rec portion of the site, the most current public meeting under "Things to Do" is for the Cheesman Park Master Plan -- on December 5. And if you click below on "Find out more about Civic Center Park plans," nothing comes up. You have to find the "Calendar of Public Meetings" link, but even then the date for tonight's big showdown is still listed as just January 2007.

The initial public reaction to Libeskind's vision was definitely negative after he unveiled it last August, so it will be interesting to see how the city presents the public comments they have been gathering since then. Discussions should get pretty heated — if anyone knows to show up — when the hearing kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway.

For a quick primer on the issue, check out Amy Haimerl's "Civic Duty", Michael Paglia's column's, "Civic Circus" and "Park and Wreck", and Kenny Be's cartoons, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. -- Amy Haimerl

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Amy Haimerl