What is the community benefit?
September 9, 2008
It appears from the press accounts that the developers at the Lift 1A development are proposing hotels that are even larger than the ones that the city council wisely rejected. Why am I not surprised? When this absurd chimera came before the council the crucial question was raised as to what the community benefit was. This is still the crucial question.
What is the community benefit of a ski lift to nowhere which has to be accessed by an escalator or maybe a hot air balloon? What is the community benefit of two luxury hotels that none of us can afford to go to? What is the community benefit of several years of construction ” following already several years of still uncompleted construction ” and then followed by years of traffic congestion in a residential neighborhood? What is the community benefit of a plethora of new employees who have to be housed somewhere? For whose benefit is this?
Let the people who have the permission to build town houses build them and leave the rest of us alone.