Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tony Giarratana Finally Admits May Town's True Aim

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Tuesday night Tony Giarratana and Councilmember Jason Holleman had a bit of a tete-a-tete over the finer points of May Town Center. This came after Giarratana and Councilman Buddy Baker's debate at the Cohn School. (Think of what followed as a really un-fun after-party.) Fortunately, one brave soul managed to get most of it on tape. So here, in three parts, are the highlights. So Much For All Those Jobs in Bordeaux That disembodied voice you hear sometime after the 3:00 minute mark would be Belle Meade Councilman Emily Evans, correctly pointing out that, as Giarratana himself says, May Town is for West Nashville. Not North, not East, not South. West Nashville. Tony's Bridge Surprise Here's Giarratana acting shocked (SHOCKED!) that someone might suggest the $4 billion dollar development might require a second bridge. A claim which Holleman will rebut Tony Runs Into Opposition 42 seconds in. Holleman's right. Rick (as in Bernhardt, as in Metro Planning's executive director) didn't "put this bridge" on Giarratana. He made the (correct) judgment that a single bridge wasn't enough to handle the load of transporting 40,000 workers/residents to and from a relatively isolated point on the map. That's not putting anything on anyone, that's doing your damn job. Watch the rest of the video for more of Giarratana's attempts at obfuscation. Or just come to the Planning Commission's meeting at 4 PM today (Metro Southeast, 1417 Murfreesboro Pike) if you prefer to receive your misleading statements in person.

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