It's Not Just A Bridge, It's A Living Bridge
That's what city council thinks, at any rate -- they've approved spending $3 million in city funds to build it, with the rest coming from the Memorial Park Conservancy.
What's a "living bridge," you ask? And why does it cost so much?
A living bridge, as far as we can tell from the proposal, is a regular ol' pedestrian bridge that has a lot of grass and stuff growing -- not only where you walk -- but on the sides.
"The bridge will look like a natural trail," supporters say, apparently accustomed to"natural trails" that have two lanes of heavily traveled road underneath them.
The bridge is a small part of what the Conservancy hopes to accomplish in Memorial Park. And while we're all for park improvements, we have to admit we kinda like the scruffy, non-logo-emblazoned, low-key feel of Memorial Park just fine.
-- Richard Connelly