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Re: “We don’t need a park on the Midtown site

I find this to be a bit of shallow dive of an argument against Parcel 5 being a park.
1.) The not paying taxes argument is eye-roll worthy.
2.) The start times of concerts can be dictated by the the neighbors will not have to worry about being able to sleep.
3.) The weather doesn't seem to effect the use of several other parks both in downtown and around the city, so why would it effect Parcel 5 so detrimentally? It's a park not a special events venue.
4.) Many of the parks you have identified within downtown on your map are not easily accessible, nor do many of them have a high concentration of residents who can use them (MLK Park being the primary exception). Furthermore, you are being a bit generous with the outlines on several of the "parks" identified in the above map.

I personally think that a park would bring life to East Main Street which continues to struggle with few street level retail establishments and empty buildings. Why only spend tax dollars on development that is primarily residential and office space? I would think that the park would be a draw for many of the residential towers surrounding the site...Tower280 is pretending like they have some outdoor recreation space with their rooftop dog park, but really is that cutting it?

It's a great centrally located space at the edge of burgeoning retail development and a very very high concentration of residential development, why not make it a park? There are plenty of parking lots and empty buildings awaiting redevelopment and "tax-producing" development. Let's not squander this opportunity.

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Posted by roc_rktec on 07/20/2016 at 1:17 PM

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