Person of the Year (formerly Man of the Year) is an annual issue of the United States newsmagazine Time that features and profiles a person, couple, group, idea, place, or machine that "for better or for worse ... has done the most to influence the events of the year."
So, who/what would be the winner if the consideration were to be restricted to New Albany in 2011? Here is an admittedly incomplete starter list, followed by the presumptive winner:
Jeff Gahan … for winning big in his mayoral bid
Doug England … for making change possible by rallying so many people against institutional top-down nepotism
DNA’s/Dudgeon’s “Come to City” slogan … for rallying so many people against institutional top down nepotism
The River View Project … for rallying so many – well, you know the drill by now
Steve Resch … for doing redevelopment right
Professor Erika … for spending so much time in Italy that she managed to lose to Cappuccino
But surely the biggest influence on events in New Albany’s year 2011, for better or worse, was the Sherman Minton Bridge’s sudden health problems on September 9.
What do you think?