If anyone had the chance to hear Mr. Fertel with Bob Marone on Monday, you would have had quite a laugh. It appears he’s losing it in the same fashion as his sidekick Noam is. How can anyone really take this guy seriously when he starts jumping up and down and whining about the people raising the issues about the failed policies of the city council? Except for bike paths and bike racks he hasn’t done much of any substance to actually help the city overall (unless, of course, your one of his personal friends) As my councilman, he was an embarrassment with his misrepresentation of what’s really going on, and at the city level, it was a disservice to the citizens who choose to take part in the direction of the city. Tell me Barry, who was on council when the latest PILOT or abatement was agreed on? Tell me Barry , should we really turn a blind eye to past failed policies and continue the irresponsible ,backroom, self serving , “hope I can get a bigger one than Tim Idoni did” kind of progress that takes 50 years to benefit anyone other than the developers, if at all ? You are WRONG Barry on so many levels (except the “I have to save my own ass” level). Looking back IS CRITICAL to moving forward, if only to do it more efficiently, let alone properly. It’s a joke the way you keep trying to portray anyone who disagrees with you as someone who should live in “yesterdayland” (you said it). If you took the time to listen to those who critique the city’s direction you wouldn’t have to resort to smearing and lying about them. Maybe they’ll take that tact with you. Nobody wants to go back to the 50’s. People want progress, RESPONSIBLE progress. Some of you at council are so busy chasing your OWN political agendas; you’re failing to serve in OUR interest. You can’t possibly find a way to develop without giving away the store? The morons at the IDA hand everything over without any concern to the developer delivering what he promised and you defend them? How many more extensions for Cappelli, Forest City? Aren’t you embarrassed yet? So you got your big buildings. To quote Dr Phil “How’s that working for ya?”. It’s a bipolar policy you’re chasing Barry ole pal. We need sales tax ,build newroc, they’re not buying stuff ,build taller, bring people with money to buy stuff ,nobody with money is coming -just college kids , build more buildings more people double income-no kids, they don’t want to live here – just more school kids to pay for, build some more- bigger -use eminent domain wait , now nobody’s building. It’s FAILED policy, get used to it Barry. Well planned development works in a good economy or bad because it was planned for the success of the city, NOT the success of its politicians. Failed overdevelopment IS yesterdayland Barry and there’s a condo with your name on it (take your pick). Those who refuse to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it and apparently you haven’t learned yet.