The stadium conversation at the City Council meeting (starts at 3:52ish on the video) was depressing, with a ray of hope.
It was depressing for the reasons Hoggard and Wharton explained from the floor: This didn't have to happen. The City allowed its own asset to decay.
And there was something sad, if kind-hearted, about the Council's decision to delay action in hopes of finding a pony in the shitpile it allowed to accumulate.
Sad, because despite the magical thinking of Bill Burckley, the expert on concrete turns out to be an expert on concrete.
So the hope is not that GSO's memorial to the Great War will survive as we have known it. The hope is that the promises made last night about focusing on the Summit corridor and following through on years of happy-talk to the neighborhood might actually come true.
Matheny seemed genuinely passionate, and several of his colleagues were concerned enough to embark on the pony hunt; maybe they'll stick around once the stall has been mucked.