Why are the town fathers and mothers in the city council accepting this decision to move it?
By Tom Calarco
We all agree that progress is good – usually. The recent construction and growth that we are seeing in Loveland is surely progress that will bring benefits to our community.
However, progress can sometimes have negative consequences. Sometimes we can take a step forward that will send us two steps backward. We are seeing this now in the removal of the Farmers Market from downtown Loveland.
- because we will be losing an event that offers fresh, local produce, the healthiest food you can buy
- because we will be losing an event that brings like-minded people together
- because we will be losing a chance to show others who don’t know about the jewel that we are
- because we will be losing an event that brings both tourists and people from neighboring areas to our town and which will bring them back again
- because we will be losing an event that will continue to benefit us for years to come
Need I go on?
[quote_left]I suggest that the mayor appoint a committee of council members and citizens to study the matter before a final decision is made.[/quote_left]There are very few citizens in Loveland who don’t want the Farmers Market here. City manager Dave Kennedy says the Farmers Market is a “wonderful event,” and is working to save it, just not in downtown Loveland. Even the mayor, who is supporting the move, admits that he regrets the decision.
Why are the town fathers and mothers in the city council accepting this decision to move it? Have they really searched every avenue, every option, every suggestion, every possibility to keep the Farmers Market in downtown Loveland?
They say traffic is the problem. Well, traffic is going to be the problem for every event, festival, and concert held downtown, and there are a lot of them. Has the council considered that, or are they for some unknown reason picking on the Farmers Market, discriminating against it among all the rest, despite the obvious benefits it brings to the community and the support it has from the people who live here?
Councilman Rob Weisgerber says he has supported the Farmers Market since day one and wants to keep it downtown.
“We need to fight for this,” he says. “The real problem is not the Farmers Market. The question that needs to be answered is, how do we manage the issue of traffic so we can have the amenities that will benefit the community.”
Tell us, council members, will you serve our community and try to solve the traffic problems so that we can keep the Farmers Market downtown?
I suggest that the mayor appoint a committee of council members and citizens to study the matter before a final decision is made.
If you want the Farmers Market to stay in downtown Loveland, come to the City Council Meeting on Feb 9, at 7 pm, to show your support.