The other day, I reported that the Parks and Recreation Department estimated the cost of making the Montopolis Negro School museum-ready would cost $5.7 million. From my admittedly non-expert perspective, that number seems ludicrous on its face. How could it cost that much to make some repairs to a one-room building? According to PARD, this is how:
I don’t understand what half of this stuff means. What the hell is “comprehensive design” and why does it cost $450,000? I have no idea. And that’s a big problem in reporting on these matters. People throw numbers around and you have no frame of reference for what a reasonable cost is.
Is this money well-spent? I have no idea. I simply have to place my faith in city staff.