"In contrast, for the final meeting on the project in March when the vote took place, the crowd was mainly opponents—no swarm of orange shirts to be found.
The campaign was apparently successful; the city council approved it 6-1 on March 8."
I am confused. If the crowd was mainly opponents, it would appear the campaign was unsuccessful and yet the city council approved it 6-1?
Appears to me the campaign was unnecessary the votes were bought before the city council meeting. I guess having a few shirts and maybe a couple of speeches made, gave the council members a bit of justification.
If no supporters had shown up, it could have been a bit more difficult to pass the unpopular action that they were going to pass no matter who showed or didn’t show.