Rob Ittner promotes healthy growth
October 1, 2010
Pro growth or no growth. That was the question.
Jack Johnson, Democratic candidate for county commissioner, proudly touts his no-growth history on City Council. Including his vote, I assume, to deny rebuilding the old Wiernerstube building.
A court settlement determined that Jack Johnson (and council) ignored the laws and code he had sworn to uphold and granted the owners the right to build. The court and city processes cost so much the owner had to sell/gift the art museum the property instead of rebuilding space for the bike shop and restaurant. The museum will have no parking, no local serving commercial space and no sales tax revenues to pay for city operations and is larger than the first version that Jack denied.
Rob Ittner, his opponent, believes redevelopment and growth play a role in our economy. Rob Ittner implies we get better results when the elected act thoughtfully and lawfully versus when the courts force them to.
I will take Rob Ittner’s “growth” every day over Jack Johnson’s “no growth” results. And might I suggest it’s time to recognize, “Growth vs. No Growth” political campaigns are passe.
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