It seems like just a few months ago that many of us rushed to sign petitions to save the front lawn of the City Hall from the forces of greed. Now the city fathers are again in a hurry to please a few at the expense of many.

To the Editor:

It seems like just a few months ago that many of us rushed to sign petitions to save the front lawn of the City Hall from the forces of greed. Now the city fathers are again in a hurry to please a few at the expense of many.

It is likely that no one at City Hall can recall motoring on Ohio byways before the interstates and seeing signs that read, "To rent this board, call Benn (Blinn) in Columbus." Thus, the promise to the Blinns to keep their former mini farm as a park is meaningless to those who have no memory of the area when it was the longtime home of a colorful couple who referred to the neighborhood that grew up around them as Fancyburg, rather than UA.

Thanks to that unique couple, a generation or two of "Fancyburgers" have had a prime greenspace to pursue any variety of interests. To consider converting it to primarily a ballfield complex for a few, rather than the current oasis for all, dishonors the memory of the Blinns.

At the very least, can the decision be put to the voters in November and not rushed?

Fred Slaybaugh
Upper Arlington