The recent departure of the Coral Gables city manager hopefully heralds the end of an autocratic style of government that minimized the flow of information and marginalized residents’ input. I’m concerned that there was an announcement on May 7 about expensive public art pieces being planned for the two Segovia Circles at Biltmore Way and Coral Way.
This is a $1 million project conjured up by the departed manager, which has never had a public airing.
The circle at Coral Way is the main entrance to Greenway Drive. Those of us who live in the area already host one of the city’s most active outdoor centers in our front yards. You would think that it would be appropriate for the city to give us the courtesy of weighing in on a nice-to-have, but certainly not essential, project, affecting our quality of life.
I support art in public places, but I suggest that the city focus on solving the crime problems, which greatly affect our standard of living.
Jeannett Slesnick, president, Gables Good Government Committee, Coral Gables