On Wednesday, Humana founder David Jones – backed by many other community leaders – made a public plea to the members of River Fields to drop their suit against the proposed East End bridge. He said their delaying tactics – which have gone on for decades -- have resulted in massive cost increases, job losses and daily gridlock, and they should step out of the way for the good of the overall community.
And I couldn't agree more.
River Fields bases part of their opposition on environmental concerns. But they seem unconcerned about the current downtown bottleneck that massively pollutes our air every morning and evening.
Meanwhile, they also say there's not enough money to pay for the project. But how ironic is it that their stubborn opposition over the years has been one of the major contributors toward that huge price tag? Without their constant delays and demands for a special tunnel costing a quarter-billion dollars, we could have gotten this done a long time ago and a lot cheaper.
River Fields has been the tail wagging the dog in this community for too long. Regardless of their contrary claims, their efforts are aimed at insulating a tiny, privileged portion of the population from the effects of progress, and that can no longer be tolerated.
The world doesn't revolve around River Fields, nor should it. It's time they drop their harmful suit and join the rest of us in the real world.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.