I designed a series of logos in support of the four century-plus-year-old buildings on the corner of 11th and Douglas Streets that Omaha Performing Arts is increasingly poised to raze in order to build what everyone recognizes as a parking garage, but they’re calling a “mixed use” building. Here’s a link to download a .zip file of the logos in various formats: ReSpecht logos
If you’re of the mindset that city leaders need to adjust their myopic, greedy, ego-driven, land-grab view of city planning, feel free to use these images in any way to voice your support. Avatars, Instagrams, Tweets, projections on the side of the Specht building, do with them what you want.
But even more important than posting pictures to social media and liking Facebook posts, call the Mayor’s hotline and tell Jean Stothert she’ll lose your vote if the city loses these buildings. Omaha Mayor’s Hotline.
Call all of the city council members and tell them they’ll lose your support if they remove the Christian Specht Building from Omaha’s list of protected structures. Omaha City Council contact information.
Call the city planning department and tell them this doesn’t fit the needs and desires of the city or its residents. Omaha Planning Board contact form
Write letters to the Omaha World-Herald voicing your love of the buildings and disgust of OPA and the city’s power play.
Call Omaha Performing Arts at 402.345.0202 and let them know how you feel.
Don’t stay silent. Don’t preach to the choir. Preach to the devils destroying the few remaining buildings of historical value in our town.