After the first few articles about the problems with the Perry Creek Trail were published in this blog I was contacted by the sioux city journal to talk to the city hall reporter about it. She had already spoken with the city managers office, director of the Siouxland Trails Foundation and the local bike club president. I talked with her and explained as a trail user what exactly is happening with the trail. She had already read my first blog article on this as well and saw the photos I took of the trail.
A few days later the article was published in the newspaper. Very quickly I realized no objectivity at all on the part of the journal. It was mostly one sided in favor of the city. The city did their usual and tried to make themselves look right and others look wrong and the journal went along with this.
This has left me with no other choice but to stop trying to work with city hall and take this to the next level. That is put the information about the trail on the internet until the problem is fixed. There will be very disparaging comments and remarks against the city of Sioux City until city does what they should have done in the first place and replace the concrete along the dangerous sections of the trail and corrected the other problems along the trail as well.
I always knew you cold not fight city hall, but until recently, I was under the impression you could work with them. I now know that is no true.
Here is the link to the journal article:
Sioux City pavement buckles under intense summer heat