All right. The city is in desperate financial straits. But is leadership so devoid of commitment to urban culture that it would consider selling part Redwood Street to a private developer?
It might. Five months ago a bill was introduced in the city council to allow Leonard Attman to buy two lanes of Redwood Street -- between Charles and Light -- so he can proceed with plans for a new, 34-story office building. Today the planning commission hearing is scheduled. This thing has already gone too far.
The city has sold alleys and small parcels before, but the vast majority have been for incidental rights of way. When they weren't, the sale was part of a larger plan that had clear public benefit. The proposed Redwood Street deal differs significantly in that it asks the city to sell public land to a private developer for purely private purposes.