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Chaos in City Hall

Wrinkles accompany hockey team departure, pool closure choice, parking deck demolition

December 26, 2013

Three hot-button projects caused enough chaos for folks running City Hall this year with fallout expected to linger into the year ahead....

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Dec-26-13 5:18 PM

The $3 million grant received recently was for the Destination 2014 project.

They have not received the state grant for the Trade and Transit Centre II project and that was what today's article was about.

"Chaos" was a poor word to choose but there is little doubt that the City has wasted or mismanaged lots of $$$ and the paper is correct in pointing that out.

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Dec-26-13 5:17 PM

I agree with Larry. These have been significant issues, and I think the Ice Hockey deal was poorly thought out. But, I don't think any of it was worthy of the label "Chaos".

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Dec-26-13 10:53 AM

I know the purpose of a headline is to create interest in the article, but "chaos" is far too inflammatory a word given the content that follows. The city is experiencing growth problems, which most cities would gladly trade with us. The fact that financial issues are at the heart of the "chaos" cited, a person would expect that the city if run by financial incompentents. However, an article in the Business section entitled, "Ratings service assesses city for 1st time" highlights that the city rated an A+ ratings from Standard and Poor. Given the struggles that Harrisburg, Scranton, Allentown and other Pennyslvania cities are suffering with, it would seem this would be highly heralded news. Also, a point of correction in the "Chaos" article. The article cited that the city was awaiting word on the Redevelopment Capital Assistance grant, but your paper noted on Tuesday the award of this $3 million grant.

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