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POV | The preservationists are only preserving gridlock

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Last week, a group called Neighborhood Planning and Preservation said it intends to appeal the ruling by the Metro Landmarks Commission that the Louisville Water Company building doesn't qualify for landmark status. We thought that ruling had finally cleared the way for the building to be removed to make way for the new Omni Hotel, but apparently, these folks aren't done getting in the way.

The group took pains to point out that the law gives it 90 days to file its appeal, and I'm sure they won't be in a hurry. With these people, regardless of the inevitable outcome, the name of the game is delay, delay, delay in the presumed hope that -- ultimately -- everyone on the opposite side dies and they win by default.

Look, I don't want to preach doom and gloom, but there's got to be some limit to how long the Omni people will indulge the whims of these obstructionists before they get sick of the whole thing and decide Louisville isn't worth the trouble. And that would be a massive blow to Louisville's entire economy.

This is a case of a very tiny tail being allowed to wag a very large dog, and it would be funny if it weren't so sad. Louisville needs to exercise every legal option it has to dispense with this issue as quickly as possible and finally get this project moving.

Call and share your thoughts.

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.

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