Monday, June 6, 2011

The Irony of Old North Densifying & Preservation Proclaiming in the Same Council Meeting (50)

In the Davis Vanguard this morning, David Greenwald writes on “Changing the Character of Davis From Within.” Drawing in part from my “City Plan for Massive Old North Density . . .” posted on May 29 (#47), he suggests implications of long-term City housing policies for areas like the Old North and the conflict of values involved. Old North attunned people might want to read it.*
This added bit of context prompts me to post an item I drafted but doubted I would use. It expands on one dimension of Greenwald’s discussion of the conflict of values. 



In post #47, I commented on the “Housing Needs and . . . Types” Staff paper published online in the May 24th Agenda Packet of the Davis City Council.

The paper was 09 on that Agenda Packet list. While I was at that web page, I noticed that item 02 on the same list was a “Proclamation” of  “Preservation Month.” 


Among other themes, this Proclamation extolls “maintaining community character” and efforts to “preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that has shaped us as a people.”

I think it is more than a little ironic that the housing paper mandating massive Old North densification and the preservation proclamation appear on the same agenda, move in opposite directions, and yet both were embraced by the City Council at that meeting.

Adapting the Queen’s declaration to Alice: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six contradictory things before breakfast.”

Placed in wider perspective, though, this type of irony is likely the rule rather than the exception in human life.    JL
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