In case you missed it, last week News Editor Greg Hambrick reported on Mayor Joe Riley’s announcement about planned renovations ($142 million worth) to the Gaillard Auditorium. Changes include an "extreme makeover" of the facade, changing the space from fan-shaped to U-shaped (cutting some 900 seats), and adding municipal offices to the hall.

"Half of the cost will come from private donations, with the city paying for the rest out of tax money set aside for capital improvements, local hospitality tax collections, federal aid, and borrowing. The mayor says the project will not require a tax increase," he reported.

Work is expected to begin in 2012 and take two years — hopefully just in time for Spoleto 2014. Many people seem torn between excitement for the much-needed improvements and concern that it’s not the best use of the funds. What do you think?