Saturday, April 15, 2006
Knucklehead is no chucklehead. His queries on Downtown development resonate in these quarters. The answer, of course, is to diversify Downtown offerings, both public and private, or else find a big footprint for a Central Park-type park (Bicentenial Mall is good, but not central enough). The greenspace is not emerging fast enough. And I still have my doubts that dogs are a practical commodity Downtown with the lack of greenspace. And it's not just that the Downtown core is not family-with-kids friendly enough. The neighborhoods proximate to Downtown also don't offer enough single-family homes. The market still seems bent toward young couples (both straight and gay/lesbian) and individual residents. Yet, Downtown will never be a truly livable neighborhood until it also draws families with children back from the suburbs.