Harkins loses a lot of credibility in that he is clearly unable to articulate anything and putting out ridiculous, knee-jerk statements. He says bicycles are the perfect vehicle for terrorists because they can't be identified. This statement is just laughable.. as if the only other alternative is for a terrorist to be inflicting terror on their registered motor vehicle. Everything he says is "another big thing that a lot of people have said". This guy is clearly not someone we should be looking to.. whether you get frustrated or not with cyclists from time to time, most people would agree shouting slurs at them is no way to respond to that frustration. What about how he came into the public consciousness merits the press giving him any further venue to speak?
I see this as more of a failure of the city's zoning code than anything. I have a lot more of an issue with the parking lot at that spot than tearing down the church. The city has zoning "districts" where they want to encourage certain developments, but do little to make sure that that happens. If the zoning code didn't allow for a parking lot there, which it clearly shouldn't, this problem wouldn't arise in the first place.
Interesting stuff. It'd also be interesting to see how these Maine cities compare to comparable cities in states like New Hampshire and Massachusetts.