They just go through some "motions" hoping to make it look like they're putting up some sort of protest. Some who have protested this demolition are now looking at ways to improve the design of the garage. They were pleased with the large turnout of people who opposed the demolition of the Columbia, and lament that "just because they have lost this battle, that it does not mean we have lost the war." That, referring to taking more enthusiastic action in the future where other historic buildings may be threatened.
Maybe it doesn't "mean" we lost the war, but, I guarantee you -- we "lost" this war before it even started. This city's government wants only one thing -- someone spending money in this city -- especially a LOT of money, as developers do. They will sell the historic City Hall that they work in -- also a designated Landmark -- and allow its destruction, if the price is right. The situation here is thoroughly pathetic and thoroughly hopeless.
"At the end of the day it's not about "preserving the past" its about allowing lower prospect to continue a mixed use model that encourages people to use and live in the city and not creating a two block auto oriented dead zone for people who want to stop in for a couple hours and leave. Mixed use is "building for the future"... not lining our streets to make things easiest for temporary guests."