You know how I feel about the uselessness of internet polls, so you can guess how my feelings are mixed by this one. It’s a good cause: grants are being given for preservation of historic places in Boston. But they’re allocating funds on the basis of votes in an internet poll! This isn’t even a proper popularity contest, because polls are so easily skewed.
Anyway, go vote. I went for the New England Aquarium for obvious reasons, but there are several worthy sites: a museum of African American history, for instance, or a ballet theatre. There are even churches (lots of churches) on the list, and despite my biases there, I wouldn’t even count those out, if they are of historical value. The Old North Church is there — that’s worth keeping around.
Still, what a weird way to distribute funds. Wouldn’t it be better to do this with an informed committee, that could actually look at need and value objectively? Maybe the New England Aquarium is flush with money, while the Salem Old Town Hall is crumbling into disrepair…I don’t know! And they’re asking me to determine who gets a grant?
Maybe it’s not a pointless poll. It’s just a misdirected poll.