April Fools: Coleman Takes Message to the Streets
April 1, 2008 by Eric
Following a heated exchange with a group of reporters who he claimed, “just didn’t get it”, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman took his message to the streets Tuesday morning. He hoped the display would help to educate the public on what his proposed streetcar line is, and more importantly, what it is not.
At the press conference, several writers at local editorial news outlets, The Other Paper and The Lantern, pressed the mayor with questions ranging from, “Why are you proposing to bring back 100 year old technology?”, to, “Do you think all of the trolley bell ringing will disturb downtown residents?”
“It’s not Rice A Roni! Stop calling it a Trolley! It’s not nostalgic!”, he proclaimed as he stormed out of the conference and down the hallways of City Hall. “Why don’t they get it? Why is this such a difficult concept to grasp?”
Utterly confused and frustrated about how difficult it’s been to educate local media outlets about his sleek, modern, mass transit system, he proclaimed, “You want to see 100 year old technology? I’ll show you 100 year old technology!”