Whether running a family, a business or a government, managerial basics usually generate the greatest “ownership” in a project. I’ll concentrate on two: inclusiveness and prioritization. Inclusiveness: If the Frederick citizenry were given an opportunity to have input on a new logo, this letter wouldn’t be necessary. Prioritization: If the city of Frederick government observed the following — “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” — they would have done a better job of prioritizing and spending our money more wisely.

Recently a friend visited from out of state. Loving Frederick as she does, she wanted to spend the day downtown. Our visit started at our wonderful Delaplaine, after which we strolled Carroll Creek admiring our lovely Community Bridge. How disappointing it was to see all the trash in the creek, including water bottles on the lilypads. On to the Brewery for lunch outdoors, only to be facing the deserted, ugly eyesore of a building directly across the street. “That hasn’t been corrected yet?” asked my friend who visited three years ago. She then commented that Frederick isn’t as pristine as she remembered.

If the city wants to do some “branding” and “marketing,” best we prioritize and first do some cleaning. Lastly, kudos to Mayor O’Connor for recognizing the logo error and then promptly owning same.

Carole M. Kirby

Frederick

(7) comments

Dwasserba

"Lastly, kudos to Mayor O’Connor for recognizing the logo error and then promptly owning same." Ohhh but was it an "error", really. Opinions on art vary, but "right and wrong" is contrary to what art fundamentally is...and apparently this effort incited reaction that spurred citizens to attempt to bend a Mayor's will to their own. He bent. Geez what more could you ask art to do.

gary4books

Where is this ugly building? I can not find it or "the Brewery" in Google Map.

gabrielshorn2013

Gary, I believe she is referring to Brewers Alley, with Asiana, Mrs. Ro’s FU to the city, across the street.

gary4books

Thanks. I was looking on East Street.

petersamuel

Yes and there's a real difference between a lazy slob who leaves their empty food containers on a wall and vandals who will toss them into the canal and onto water lillies. If not volunteer guards or police we probably need video surveillance to ID, and prosecute them. The letter makes the point well that a little litter can ruin a beautiful public park.

gabrielshorn2013

Or have an undercover officer in the area. When caught, give the perp the opportunity to jump in after their trash, or get handcuffed for a ride to the Station. Kind of along the lines of Alice’s Restaurant.

DickD

Frederick City does need to get cleaned up. This is O'Connor's chance to make a name for himself.

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