A while back I jibed Publicola a bit with my creation of a new feature on this blog called Facebook Fight!, an ongoing feature in which I take debates on land use or adjacent issues on Facebook and post them. Well, it occurred to me that we could also post the comments on Publicola here, especially when they refer posts made here. Some of the comments are really compelling (Charles makes an argument that needs refuting). Others inane. Others are just plain funny. Other comments were intended to somehow attack me personally (no, Rex I don’t live in my mom’s basement) but are actually quite funny. Where would we be without commenters? Thanks to everyone for caring so much about land use!
So here is the best of the best from the last go around on Publicola’s connection to my post on Sally Clark’s statements about density in Roosevelt.
gloomy_gus 3 days ago
Valdez certainly does relish his gotchas.
localgirl 3 days ago
This is how it comes across to me. Sally is afraid to “intervene in the market” by rezoning an area that is already derelict and underused?
But by keeping the zoning the same on the underused and derelict parcels, isn’t she keeping the conditions the same, meaning that they will continue to be underused and derelict?
Something has got to be shaken up in Roosevelt to get the neighborhood redeveloped. There’s a reason why the area hasn’t developed–and a major reason is the parcels need zoned capacity to allow a development to make sense. The City Council has an amazing opportunity here to do the right thing and to give the area the kick in the pants it needs.
It’s so disappointing that she sees modest height increases (65 feet) as “overzoning.” And she calls herself pro-TOD, anti-global warming, etc. etc. Sigh. Put your money where your mouth is, Sally.