Danny Vinik 
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Re: “The Saga of the Downtown Motor Hotel

Patch's suggestion that the building not be torn down, and restored for low income housing is an excellent compromise. The lot is just too small for the kind of building they are proposing. And the drawings they show the public are completely out of scale.

You have to wonder why the developer would pay close to $700k for this property, only to demolish it, when there are many undeveloped lots up and down Stone and South Sixth that would sell for 10% of that. I myself bought a lot on South Sixth for 16k, just last year. The fix was in from the git go. The developers could easily acquire more lots to build on... empty lots.

I completely understand the need for more low income housing downtown. This is not about that. This is about smart urban planning. To play these parties against each other is wrong, and is the fault of Phoenix bureaucrats that should not be puppet mastering our community. Armory Park and Barrio Historico residents are generally supporters of liberal causes like providing homes for the homeless, etc. Creating a fake wedge between these types of causes is how the republicans are taking over our country.

What I'm saying is that there should be a way for the neighborhood to come together on this. Yes Urban Renewal in the sixties was completely fucked when they tore down half the barrio and many people in our community were deeply hurt by that. We lost precious history, and in retrospect, it was a very bad way to take federal monies to improve Tucson. If the Community Center had been a few blocks away across the freeway, the barrio could have been saved. But why does this particular act of tearing down this historic Motor Hotel seem EXACTLY like Urban Renewal of the sixties?

It has all the same elements: complete disregard for Tucson's history, Federal money, developers making a killing, and Phoenix assholes telling Tucson what to do.

While I'm on this subject... who is letting them build those monstrous solar panels that are gutting our kids playgrounds?

And last of all, Robert Frankeberger should be fired immediately. This is not the first time Frankeberger has shown a complete disregard for Tucson historic properties. I tried to get my building (the KY Market Building) declared a historic property. The city declared the KY sign historic and built in 1950, and it is one of the best examples of a Chinese Market that served the community for many years. I wrote Frankeberger as he is the person who helps makes this designation, which would have made me eligible for some serious tax breaks. After one email from another party introducing me to him, and sending him a boatload of information about the architect Terry Atkinson (who designed among other things the original Tucson Airport), he basically just ignored me. He does not serve the people he is supposed to be serving. I would be the first to sign a petition to have him canned.

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Posted by Danny Vinik on 11/05/2014 at 11:38 AM

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