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The above image, from Thursday’s Opening Day Parkview Field ceremonies, reminded me of another symbolic image from the Harrison Square Groundbreaking held November 29, 2007. Â In the above, dignitaries are gathered to throw out the first ceremonial pitch. Â But for some reason, former Mayor Graham Richard was detached from what was happening behind him. Â At one point, he walked off the field to greet someone in the dugout area. Â For me, this was another visual reminder of Richard’s insistence and support of this project, even without the backing of a community majority.
On that day, the crowd had poured out from the Grand Wayne Center and crossed Jefferson Boulevard into the project area, halting traffic. Â On the way back, Mayor Graham Richard took the lead back to the Grand Wayne Center, by shouting over his shoulder for everyone to follow him. Â He added, “â€¦and this time let’s take the crosswalk!” Â At the sidewalk, the Mayor turned right to head towards the cross walk, while the vast majority went straight across Jefferson Boulevard. Â For me, this became a symbolic image for the Harrison Square project. Â Mayor Graham Richard leading one way, while the majority of the community hesitated or went the other way.