So do they own the river? Or the land beneath Mirror Pond?
A long lawsuit trying to decide the matter would just accomplish the same thing they want -- the delay in tearing down the dam.
Look, I personally think we have to keep Mirror Pond. We have to dredge it. Shore up the damn and generate a little money and build the fish ladder, and so on.
Going to cost a ton of money.
Which we don't have. Here's the thing -- when you spend millions on an unfunded bus system, and then you get sued for having faulty wheelchair access, you don't have the money. When you spend millions on a pie in the sky project like Juniper Ridge, then you don't have the money to fix the water system. When you bank on future growth in a UGB that isn't realistic, you don't have the money to fix Mirror Pond.
A "natural" river sounds good. Have you been down to the natural river lately? Not the parks, the actual river. I bet most haven't because you'd have to work your way through thick brush and mud and waves of insects. It won't be visually appealing, or experientially mentally appealing, unless you built paths and parks and so on. Which costs money.
It all just comes back to money and how stupid the city council has been with it.
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