This is a day when we want to think of happy things, to conjure up a few warm and fuzzy phrases to share as we enjoy a chilly but cheery Christmas.
What’s really fun this time around is that we don’t have to invent pleasant things, or pull some kind of celebratory event out of thin air.
Manhattan and its city officials have earned honest-to-goodness kudos and back slaps that fit perfectly with the holiday season.
Let’s start with the city commission, which occasionally can get up in arms with political wrangles and lockdowns over fiscal issues.
There was serious disagreement among the “Fearless Five” over some actions of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, its advisory board and ultimately the fate of the city’s contract with CVB’s parent, the Chamber of Commerce.
The flashpoint for that squabble was a $25,000 grant handed out to fund a feasibility study regarding the so-called “Fieldhouse Project.”
Commissioner Wynn Butler and mayor John Matta, both staunch conservatives, don’t much like hearing about a $54 million facilities plan – but they also were upset that 25 grand could walk out the door without commission oversight.
A battle over the future of the Chamber and the CVB could have turned ugly, but credit to the commission for reaching a sensible compromise.
It’s a shame the U.S. Congress wouldn’t bother watching a tape of some serious yet practical government in action.
Good job, all.
We offer the same sentiments, in fact, regarding the city chipping in to make sure that Tom Ford’s dramatic Kanza sculpture was finished and erected in the roundabout at Fourth and Bluemont.
The statue looks terrific and it’s historically quite significant, so it almost certainly will become a well-known Manhattan landmark.
You’ll see that slice of Kanza history on a lot of photos and postcards, guaranteed.
And finally, for the city itself, congratulations on being named the “sixth-most exciting” small city in America – in a ranking released by the real estate blog Movoto.com.
Manhattan quietly has been scooping up quite a few of these awards and notices over the past few years.
No single blog accolade is reason to turn cartwheels, but when you’re noticed for lots of complimentary reasons – over and over by various sources – there’s got to be plenty of super things happening.
We’re being noticed, in all the right ways, and deservedly so. This is a city moving in the right direction – at least most of the time.
See, there’s plenty of outstanding news to warm us through this festive period.
And well-earned, too.