Julie Phelan's blog

City needs thoughtful arts planning


Aldermen Tendam, Wilson and Fiske are to be praised for standing up and thinking outside the box on the Noyes/Piven plan.
The city has unfairly pitted its artistic children against each other for over two years -- and, worse, taken one's side, giving its time generously to forge an affordable deal for Piven but no time -- literally -- to the self-sustainability model proposed by the tenants' association.
The Piven model loses the city enormous amounts of money; but the tenants' plan makes the Noyes Center, currently a profitable City building, even more profitable.