Buried in an otherwise banal QCOnline report on a Moline city council meeting about jacking up police and fire pension “contributions” to $7 million in next year’s budget was this little hidden gem:
“In other business, Christopher Woods, president of Three Corners Development, is scheduled to give an update on The Mills at Riverbend Commons, a student housing building now under construction adjacent to the Western Ilinois University QC Riverfront Campus.”
The Mills at Riverbend Commons? Really? That sounds as phony and pretentious as all the chi-chi gated communities around here.
Back in my day, the dorms were all named for fat cat alumni who donated the money for the buildings. At least the naming of buildings was honest then. But maybe when you rely on taxpayer funds to build these things, the builders feel justified or required to fancy-up the names so the taxpayers feel they are getting their money’s worth.
Pretentious, phony—and pathetic.