A prettier book couldn't have been imagined.The photography had a National Geographic feel to it. The Maps of the city are among the best available and the writing combining demographics, graphics, and concise prose make reading the Master Plan easy and enjoyable. While not exactly beach reading, it wasn't the dreary sort of government report that everyone first imagines when they here the words "Master Plan..In fact the knee jerk "sounds boring" reaction the plan's title evokes may have kept more than a few elected and appointed city officials away from it as well. Besides there was no special urgency to reading the plan. It was done and not going anywhere,.Regardless of when one got around to it actually reading it everyone agreed the Master Plan was special and deserved better placement in the community than a pull down tap on the city website, At one point the City considered mailing a Master Plan to all residents but the price was prohibitive. On an individual basis if properly printed and bound The Master Plan would make an excellent coffee table book. Throw in some Jewelry or Fashion advertising and perhaps an article on fine dining or Cranbrook and you'd have a rather cerebral City Book that inn keepers like put in their hotel rooms. You know the the ones that ask, "Please don't take this book, " and features a response card asking which advertisers you visited during your stay.
The most remarkable aspect of the Master Plan is that the four individuals of very diverse opinions and backgrounds, assigned to the Master Plan Task Force, came to together, worked together, and included the residents (via town meetings and a remarkable survey) in the process. If the Master Plan never gets read or implemented in a manner worth of the City the accomplishments of the four individuals and the residents of the city who participated, will remain.
Pat Hardy and Robert Toohey are the city's biggest political mavericks. Some love Pat Hardy and some love to hate her. Some love Bob Toohey and some love hate him. The mention of either is enough to polarize any conversation. A less emotional analysis would reveal that both are very similar, an opinion that both would regard as heresy. John Utley's city commission career was detailed in a previous post.. On City commission Hardy and Utley's voting record indicated that they were of the L.David Kellet persuasion..Hardy and Utley supported both the Projects and the Master Plan which is rather unique. Robert Toohey did not support the Projects.The view points of the fourth member of the Task Force, Virginia Cox are less well known. Her voting record on the Planning commission provides few clues.Sometimes she voted with Robert Toohey. Sometimes not. Once when Toohey suggested a modification to a motion which had just passed, she withdrew her vote pending on what the modification would be. She also served as chair person of The Master Plan Style and Drafting which also included Walter Cueter and Pat Hardy.