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Ron Forman’s New Orleans Atlanta

Posted by schroeder915 on February 16, 2006

So, you don’t believe me when I say you shouldn’t support Ron Forman for mayor because he doesn’t allow public input into the decision-making process, because his goals and accomplishments are completely antithetical to the mission he is supposed to be fulfilling at the Audubon Institute, because he’s hiding monkey skulls in his closet?

Don’t take my word for it. Read this Save Audubon Park account of the Audubon Commission vote on plans for a new clubhouse, which contains the following remarks:

  • “After two years of planning, the constructive input of the public was admitted only one week previously.”
  • John Charles Olmsted described “large buildings in the park as being ‘utterly inappropriate, ruinous, not germane to the nature of Audubon Park.’ He asked the Audubon Commission to reconsider the concept of building such a large clubhouse anywhere inside the park itself, and noted that the golf course plan as a whole, and the intrusiveness of the clubhouse in particular as contributing to the ‘privatization of the park.'”
  • Stephanie Bruno, of the Preservation Resource Center, “read a resolution of that board that expressed their grave concern with the lack of opportunity for public input in the deliberative process.”

    “Speaking on her own behalf, she noted that ‘some people’, believe that New Orleans is dying, and that it has been overtaken by Atlanta.”

  • “As Vernon Palmer, Professor at Tulane Law School, rose to speak, Willard Dumas of the Audubon Commission declared that at 30 minutes, the time for public input was up and that ‘we have heard all the comments we are going to hear.'” …

    He described the way in which various plans presented two years ago were superseded over time by others, that ‘every day there is a change to the plan,’ that ‘Mr Stastny had changed the plan before our very eye,’ and ultimately that the entire process was ‘a parade of ad hocs by Mr. Forman, a parade of extemporizations by Dale Stastny, presented to the ad nauseam of the public….’ The result, he said, was ‘not rational public planning. It resembles an improvised talk show.’

    He also noted that the project was ‘riven with illegalities’ and challenged the Audubon Institute to have their own lawyers examine their procedures. He urged the Commission to not approve the plan until it receives a clean bill of legality.”


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