REALLY? With the uptick in shootings and murder in this city, a struggling downtown and a Council more concerned about getting their “supporters” Patronage appointments, An attack on Low Income Residents in the Downtown and an agenda that seems aimed at getting rid of those residents and trying to find residents with more ” Disposable Income” so that a Councilor and his radio host friend can improve their business and people are posting about a Picture? We have a City Manager who doesn’t care about Transparency or Open Government yet we are hearing murmurings AGAIN about Mayor Murphy’s Portrait?
Hang the dang thing and let’s move on PLEASE!
MANY MORE IMPORTANT ISSUE TO FACE. THE ATTACK BY SOME ON LOW INCOME RESIDENTS, THE WILLINGNESS OF THIS COUNCIL TO IGNORE RULES AND LEAK INFORMATION AND NO PLAN FOR BRINGING IN BUSINESS or CURBING THE VIOLENCE all needs to be addressed more than this picture issue.
In a sad reality we know the local “traditional” media will not address many of these concerns because they are in the tank with the current Council and Manager so it is up to the private citizens on Social media to get the word out through posting that this Council 8 months into their term has not been able to address either the Public Safety Issues or Economic Development issues they campaigned on.
To try and cut this picture nonsense short, I emailed the Mayor a few days ago to ask about the status, I’ll do another today addressed to the entire City council.
I’m sure when he has a chance, the Mayor will respond later today or tomorrow. If not I will register on Friday to speak at the next City Council meeting under the public participation portion and ask the Council to address this once and for all. (I’m sure they would love to see/hear from me). There is NO EXCUSE for not hanging this picture.
When this Issue was first brought up back in January former Mayor Murphy wrote in a Letter publish on richardhowe.com that said in part: (Bold Mine)
The picture captures us in Cat’s Alley, a little known alleyway–unknown for a while even to the city that owns it–that had become an overgrown dumping ground. For much of the last year, right up until the last week, I had been working with the administration to clear and clean the stretch from Crosby Street to Lawrence Street that will eventually connect to the Concord River Greenway. I hope that some of the children playing in Back Central today come to find it one of those special places you remember years later, as my father laughingly remembers it now. And maybe on a classroom trip to City Hall, one of those kids looks at the photograph, and can see herself in it.
That my face is not shown should be seen as an improvement. Plenty of people (including those who object to this portrait) would view it that way. But enough. If a picture is worth a thousand words, I should not need to add so many to it. The fate of my portrait had been the least of my concerns as mayor; it should not even be one of the City Council’s. I have done my best to leave more worthwhile things behind. With the challenges ahead–in selecting a new Auditor and Manager, following the existing rules, and addressing the many issues that this city faces–I suggest that any attention paid to this item on the agenda would mean that you, in fact, are looking in the wrong direction.
137 People signed a on-line petition to hang the picture.
Two of the best comments on that petition response are:
Amazing Picture ! This is what Lowell is…. Families Futures Love
Because petty politics is the most important issue in this city.
So can the Mayor or a City Councilor address this, get it hung and let’s move on PLEASE!