One the months and even years there were dozens and perhaps hundreds of public statements for and against building Trackside Center.
Many were well articulated, but, to me, the most compelling was offered by Mayor Robb Davis the evening of November 14, 2017, just before the City Council voted 4 to 1 to build Trackside.
His statement was -- and is -- distinctive in being based on a serious and careful reading of the basic vision-and-goals documents that provide the legal and moral context for the Trackside decision. The more important of these include, of course, the Core Area Specific Plan and the Davis Downtown and Traditional Residential Neighborhood Design Guidelines.
I think his 21-minutes analysis is fundamentally correct and deserves the careful attention of all reflective Davis residents, not just because it is about Trackside, but because it is about the future of Davis itself.
Hoping to make his thoughts more available, I have copied the City video of his statement and placed it on YouTube, here: