Fake paddock, failed vision
The Page 1 photo of horse-farm fencing being installed around the CentrePointe site was painfully ironic.
For decades we've been gobbling up horse farms with one excuse after another. As if to make up for our failure to honor and protect the Bluegrass, we've decorated with equine images and sculptures and named roadways after famous horses.
Now, in an effort to dignify the latest insult, we've been given a fake horse paddock in the center of the city.
These may be heartfelt gestures, but they are no substitute for the profound respect and visionary stewardship deserved by this unique region. The CentrePointe absurdity degrades both farm and city, and should wake us up to the fact that we can no longer afford to surrender the character of our city and country to decisions driven by expediency. Power brokers must be held accountable to standards that recognize the good sense and integrity inherent in preservation and inspired design.
Other cities avoid embarrassments like CentrePointe and improve their appeal by following strict design guidelines. Lexington must do the same if we expect to compete.
Ceramic horses might be nice
How about putting a few ceramic horses in the downtown CentrePointe vacant lot?
It would fit in perfectly with the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. It would be a beautiful downtown attraction.
Make it a merry-go-round
What better way to show Lexington's interest in being the Horse Capital of the World than to provide rides on ornate wooden horses within an elaborate and musical merry-go-round?
In a year, the World Equestrian Games will bring thousands of visitors to our city. What would be more appropriate and entertaining than to have a big beautiful carousel right in the middle of our downtown? Now that the CentrePointe block has turned green, and if no construction is started next year, perhaps the Webb Companies would lease one (or perhaps two) large merry-go-rounds and make a drab open space into a cheerful spot to entertain Lexingtonians and our guests from around the world. I'm sure that, after a couple of months of the joy that carousels bring people (and have for hundreds of years), all Central Kentuckians will insist that a permanent one be placed somewhere in the center of our city. I hope the mayor and council will get behind such an effort and work to get this done.