Mayor Sandi Bloem and others who spearheaded the successful drive to land the Kroc Center deserve their city's heartfelt thanks. Not only did they prepare a compelling application, raise $1.7 million in private funds, and jump through every hoop placed in front of them, but they did what previous community leaders have failed to do for more than 20 years – find funding for a new community center. Few capital projects have divided Coeur d'Alene more.
For the rest of my editorial about the Kroc Center funding, click here.
Question: Let's have a show of hands: How many remember the old community center at Seventh and Montana? Or, for you newercomers, how many recall the bitter 1999 battle over a proposed community center?