Oops, she did it again

How on earth could a little piano cause such an utter fiasco? This proposal has been going on since April 2015, and we appear to be nowhere closer to a resolution of any sort, regardless of the fact that I have written the equivalent of a dissertation in terms of proposals, research, and submissions for their blessing.

All to no avail.

Questions I would ask, if there was any coherent way to ask questions and expect to receive answers in New Albany:

• Why is the idea of a street piano so abhorrent to our officials?

• Why, when I followed the correct procedure back in April, was I completely shut down by a tangled web of emails and miscommunication (which I chronicled in a News and Tribune column at that point)?

• Why was I then encouraged to proceed again, and do it the "right way," why was I then put through a series of public hoops and hurdles over the last two weeks?

• Why is the Board of Works working so very, very hard to think of any— ANY — reason to shut this (me?) down, dragging Historic Landmarks and Develop New Albany into the fray (my apologies to both entities)?

• Why are citizens not allowed to have individual ideas? Why does everything have to come from above in our city?

• Finally, why is Jeffersonville so ready and willing to consider art in unexpected ways and why are we so terrified to do the same here in New Albany?

To be continued ... this ain't over till the citizens of New Albany sing...preferably on a shiny new street piano.

*Please note: The liability issue has been resolved and we look forward to sharing that with the BOW next week

— Hannegan Beardsley Roseberry, New Albany

Praise for Main Street project

I know there have been differences of opinion about the improvements recently made along Main Street in New Albany, but as a taxpayer who doesn't live on Main Street, I want to say that I am glad the work was done.

The pavement, plants, and other features make the road especially pleasant. I include it in most of my walk itineraries, particularly with any friends from out of town.

An issue with any landscaping project is upkeep. If each person who lives near or uses the walkways along Main Street pulls up a couple of weeds when we notice them (if we know for sure it's a weed), we can show our appreciation and help keep the area looking nice.

— Mallery Waters, New Albany

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