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Sound Off: What’s the story behind the Hillcrest boulder at Ninth Street and Highland Drive? What was the impetus for putting it there? Who paid for it? Is it on a public right-of-way?

Megan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager, provided this answer: According to the public works department, the neighborhood requested the monument. The neighborhood provided all materials and manpower to complete it. The City Commission approved a right-of-way license agreement that gave the neighborhood authority to install and maintain the monument. If the city needs the right-of-way in the future, the neighborhood will be responsible for removing any of the installations at its cost.

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overthemoon 2 years ago

For a neighborhood of pretty nice mid-century modern homes, this slab 'o shelf rock is a pretty strange design solution. It would be nice if it looked like some actually had designed it.

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thuja 2 years ago

OK, nevermind, it's not a rock. The rock has been soiled.

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g_rock 2 years ago

I like it. It is unique for a neighborhood entrance sign. What I don't get is being so whipped up and anti-rock ness. Wow.

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JackMcKee 2 years ago

That school will close. Rock or no rock.

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JackMcKee 2 years ago

What's upsetting is that Wakarusa, a school that was actually wasn't a waste of taxpayer dollars was shuttered while the half empty schools from the "Save my School" crowd remain open and continue to bleed funds from the rest of the school district. These people go out and buy a rock. The only welcome that gives is a welcome to bed over.

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JackMcKee 2 years ago

Who is responsible for cleaning off the graffiti that thing is going to attract?

I think the rock is symbolic of the intellectual capacity of the people that live in that area.

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Gandalf 2 years ago

They explained the how. What about the why?

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thuja 2 years ago

That's not a boulder, that's a rock.

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Benjamin Roberts 2 years ago

Timeline-wise it seems to have been tied into the "save our neighborhood school" era.

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