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The McKinley statue debate, circa 2005

The McKinley statue debate, circa 2005

Note: this story was published Oct. 23, 2005 in the Arcata Eye. – Ed. Arcata Eye CITY HALL – Bring us the mischievous, the political, the artistic souls yearning for expression – the statue of William McKinley will remain on the Plaza, as he has for almost 100 years, one hand outstretched to receive the

Plaza reform ideas aired, more to come

Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA – Their backs turned to an uncaring sea of empty seats in Council Chamber at City Hall, members of Arcata’s Parks and Rec Committee worked through issues at their Dec. 13 meeting. Noting the upcoming Plaza-specific City Council meetings – one on Jan. 8 about downtown conditions, and

McKinley finding few friends as removal push gathers force

Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA – The strips of suggestion-hungry butcher paper on the walls of the D Street Neighborhood Center may as well have been invisible, as they were entirely ignored at the Dec. 4 City Council Study Session on Arcata’s William McKinley statue and the historical plaque across from Jacoby’s Storehouse.

Arcata Chamber biz survey yields downtown recommendations – Plaza study sessions planned

Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA – A recent survey of downtown businesses is producing additional views and ideas about the Plaza and environs in anticipation of some major city study sessions next month and in January on Arcata’s downtown. A number of advocacy groups are currently active, forwarding varied ideas for reforming downtown

Downtown Arcata ready for Halloween

Mad River Union ARCATA – Join the Arcata downtown community for a fun and complimentary Trick or Treat event. The streets will be closed to traffic starting at 4 p.m. so young and young-at-heart participants can enjoy business-to-business visits and gathering treats (or tricks!) while safe from vehicles. The spook procession will meet at 4 p.m. at the corner of H

Transportation activists introduce new vision for a human-centered ‘living Plaza’ with fewer cars

Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA – Re-imagining the Plaza has never been more popular, with ideas flying at near-weekly scoping sessions in and out of government. The frequency of the solution-seeking is exceeded only by the daily incidents of drunks, drugs, fights, smoking and other offenses continuing to take place out on the

Plaza Ctrl-Alt-Delete could bring a radical reboot

Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA – With bad behavior plaguing the Plaza and complaints about it thundering through City Hall and across social media, last week saw some new approaches to curbing excesses there, with even more radical solutions in the offing. Control Wresting the Plaza away from those who smoke, drink, bellow

Will his feet of clay make McKinley go away?

Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA – Whether the recent rise in opposition to the statue of William McKinley on the Plaza is another periodic surge limited to activists or holds wide appeal throughout town is not yet clear. But advocacy for the bronze man’s removal is being voiced in multiple venues, from the