As Tom Kenny read the highlights of the Mayor’s Destination 2040 Update, they ran continuous b-reel footage of the Dame block demolition. Precisely at the moment Kenny cited the report’s professed interest in “economic expansion and cultural creativity,” footage rolled of a demolition worker swinging a bucket and tearing down a wall.
On camera, Mayor Newberry said, “we’ve got to get out of the business of looking at things in black and white terms. Either a situation where we’re not going to grow at all, or where we’re going to pave paradise and put up a parking lot.”
Then he smiled, earning today’s Ace Smuggy Award.(We really need to geta logo for that.)
Layering the icing on the cake, the camera zoomed in on a pile of smoking bricks just as Kenny described the report’s focus on “developing an arts and entertainment district.”
Kudos to Tom and his producer.
(Building on the night’s flair for juxtaposition, Kenny’s co-anchor’s next words were, “Driving through downtown Lexington, you’ve probably noticed that there hasn’t been much activity on the future site of CentrePointe. So with the economy in a downturn, is the CentrePointe project still underway?”
She answered herself, “our media partner, Business Lexington, reports it is.”)