Every once in awhile a news or opinion piece sticks with me for more than a day or two. That's when I know it is worth putting a "pointer post" to it on the Voice. Jon Mays at the Daily Journal did just such a piece last week that you can find here. One part I thought was particularly insightful was
More to the point, cultural progress always has victims and ultimately, history itself decides who can stay in one place and who can go. When there is upheaval, it is hard to discern what a landscape will look like until it all shakes out.
There is a question as to what type of society in which we want to live. Is there value in socioeconomic diversity in an area? While it is easy to say yes, it is harder to say no to an outpouring of money that cures many ills. And a government solution is flawed for several reasons. One, it catches on too slowly and acts with little expeditiousness compared to the rapid pace of business. Two, government solutions are often flawed in their processes in that they try to solve too many problems once the discussion is open and can’t do enough to solve the actual problem. And three, government solutions sometimes prohibit business development by creating an unfriendly environment.
You should click through and read the whole thing if you missed it last Friday. I will likely point back to this post as the issues of housing manipulation, developer fees, high-density at the Post Office and Carolan Ave. sites and school overcrowding come around again.