Man Wants to Put Spinning Plastic Ball Ride in West End. Apparently, West End Not Amused.
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|Now, see, if they'd put the Flaming Lips frontman in a giant plastic ball in a West End parking lot, that would attract great attention.|
It's on the Landmark Committee's agenda for its Monday meeting -- a pretty vague item regarding Jay Haynes's desire to put up a 20-foot-by-10-foot something or nother at 607 Corbin Street, where it meets Market Street right behind the Old Spaghetti Warehouse. But what the what is it, exactly? Well, says Mark Doty, the city historic planner handling the case: "It's like a plastic ball, and you get in it and they spin you around for a minute, and that's it." How very Wayne Coyne.
City staff thinks that sounds OK, so long as it's not there longer than six months (Haynes would have to reapply for another certificate of appropriateness after that); and zoning down there does, in fact, allow for amusement rides. But the West End Association is worried that OK'ing this permit will open the floodgates for other transient amusement parkers to take over the West End. Persch is out of the office, but Joe Piwetz -- the association's Public Works Committee chair and a member of Landmark's West End Task Force -- is against it, per the agenda: "I don't feel it's an appropriate use in the district."