Let me add my voice to those who've given big ups to the Ames 150 organizing committee.  In what had to be a year's worth of trying to herd cats, the committee did a bang-up job of putting together a great three days of activities.  The crowds were bigger than expected, the rain played a bit of a factor on Saturday, and all-in-all, it was a job well done.  Oh, for those who had a good time this weekend, and are now asking why "we can't do something like this every year?"  I presume you will be first in line to volunteer, or to donate money to the effort, right?

Anyheck...

We spent most of today's show talking about the compromise plan the Ames City Council will consider tomorrow from Texas-based Breckenridge Land Acquisition for development of the old Ames Middle School property. Mayor Ann Campbell continued to best sum up the whole thing, calling it a "no-win" situation. I wonder if a sense of reality has settled in with some people in the neighborhood expressed in a willingness to consider the compromise.  With all due respect, but there HAS to be a certain reality that Breckenridge isn't going to go away. The company has to start seeing a return on the money it's already spent before it's too late.  And yes, there is a "too late." Look at the student-oriented apartments being built on S. 16th St., and the high-rises going up in Campustown. 

I know the people who live in the area are fighting for more than I can put my head around.  This is not an issue I've had to face before, and I'm not likely to face it any time soon.  No one is threatening the lifestyle I've carved out for my family across a span of decades.  That being said...

This ultimately doesn't come down to people "taking" the best deal they can get, or Breckenridge offering the best deal it can give.  At the end of the day, this is going to come down to the six people sitting around the City Council dais, and the decisions they'll make--not just for the neighborhood, and not just for the company.  They are faced with the unenviable task of making the best deal they can for all of Ames.