UPDATED 8/17/14 11:00AM: For grammar & clarity.
As a general matter, since the return of Springfield City Council has avoided the banality and pettiness that sometimes typify other Valley municipal legislatures. Without a doubt both happen at 36 Court Street, but it does not tend to dominate meetings. A perception exists that the Springfield City Council is a weak body, but from time to time, the Council has asserted itself.
In the four years since ward representation became a reality, Ward 7 Councilor Tim Allen has been among those who have realized that power. His ward, which covers East Forest Park and southern third of 16 Acres, largely opposed ward representation (as of the last all at-large Council 7 of nine councilors lived there), but it stands to reason the ward would not tolerate a slouch either.